Religion, politics and photography

Written by Daniel Gregory

I am a Whidbey Island, Wa based fine-art photographer and photographic educator. I am a core faculty member of the Photographic Center Northwest, as well as an instructor for CreateLive and KeblyOne . I also regularly presents at regional and national conferences. I also the host of the weekly podcast The Perceptive Photographer which focuses on the challenges and day-to-day aspects of living as a photographer.

August 19, 2019

Episode 232

I think everyone has been to a party where politics and religious topics were not allowed, or you wish they were banned from the family holidays or summer parties. Both of these topics seem to bring out the worst in people’s conversational behaviors, and unless you recently underwent a huge personal journey, you are unlikely to change your opinion because of something some said about god over wine coolers.

In this week’s podcast, I take a look at how we approach hard and unapproachable topics in our photography. Like religion and politics, are there topics in photography that you argue to argue or are bothered so much by the method, gear, or process that you can’t look at the work objectively.

As you identify these taboo topics in your photography, I would challenge you to find a way to make the conversation better by listening more and trying to find a way to appreciate the risk and work someone does to create their photographs. As creators, artist, and viewers of photography (and art), I feel we have a responsibility to find a way to support others in meaningful and honest ways that don’t end up in conversational levels of Dante’s Inferno like religion and politics seem to often end up.

Gear used in podcast

One of the questions I get asked frequently is what sort of equipment do I use to record my podcast. I have used a variety of equipment in the three years that I have been recording, but here is the current list of equipment that I am using. Also as an FYI and full disclosure, the links are affiliate links to Amazon.

Rode Procaster XLR microphone
Rode Boom Arm
Rode PSM Shockmount
All three Rode components a kit
Focusrite Scarlet 2i2
Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)
LogicPro X
Macbook Pro
OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock
Headphones

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