I came across this interview with the brilliant and well respected, Hans Zimmer -- you know, the guy who's composed just about every famous movie score you can think of (Rain Man, Gladiator, Lion King, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk down, Power of One, The Dark Knight -- just to name a few). His most recent work is for the new "Sherlock Holmes" movie, which I have yet to see, but plan on it soon. As I listened, I found myself drawing several parallels to the life of a photographer. I'm inspired by leaders in their respected fields and Hans is no different....It's worth a listen!
Click on the link below and scroll down a bit for the Audio interview
[This sets up to be a perfect visual in my mind as I see Hans Zimmer, Guy Ritchie and producers anticipating the reaction of their first audience to scenes, reveals and music they've spent hour upon hour rehearsing shooting and editing. As photographers, we spend this excessive time ourselves, especially when shooting commissioned work where satisfying the clients demands is top priority. However, whether being paid or not, whenever we put our best work out there, watching our own "audience" react can be extremely nerve racking. Each time I press the [send] button on an email to a client with work from a project, a little prayer is offered in hopes that I've hit the proverbial ball out-of-the-park. I've had my fair share of balls that didn't quite make it to the pitching mound as well as the occasional home run. When the audience (client) doesn't provide a standing ovation, there is a little engine that fires up within and works to understand where things may have gone wrong and practices over and over to improve upon it for the next round (I'll be the first to admit this can get out of hand sometimes if you overanalyze like myself). Going back to the "fail video", I recently posted. there is absolutely nothing wrong with missing the mark as all people fail and great people fail often. The caveat is that you've absolutely given everything you had to the intended shoot/project. If I've put everything into a project, as alluded to by Mr. Zimmer next, at the end of the day, I can go to sleep feeling satisfied without needed the applause of the audience. I am the first and most important audience to please independent of the critics and voices out there. Being true to ourselves as artists in this regard brings those projects (both personal and paid) that we most enjoy anyway]