I owe it to my photography mentor for being anal about my work. He’s your photographer equivalent of designers who argue about how a piece of white paper is not off-white enough; how webpage layout is not pixel-aligned; how Arial and Helvetica are worlds apart.
His tough love of ingraining meticulousness, coupled with diligent presentation to clients, has made me very sensitive to my work. Especially those that will have other pair of eyes looking at it apart from myself. Basically, don’t let the shit go out.
So you must imagine the frustration I have while working with someone whom couldn’t care less to check his work. I’ve lost count on the number of times I was horrified by the photos he sent out for approval, or worst, as final export.
I have tried various methods to convey the message; replying his email in a stern tone while CCing bosses and colleagues, friendly texting to persuade him to care more about the work other than his sole interest in food photography, face to face telling him what’s wrong, etc. But alas, I still get unpleasantly surprised every now and then.
I should be able to care less about other people’s work and focus on just mine. Actually – technically – I have give a fuck because my job scope involves overseeing his work. But it really isn’t that I am worried I will get into trouble. It just pains me to know that less-than-perfect work goes out of the company as a whole. I’m not paid to care about the company’s or his reputation, but it’s against my principle to let his shit out – especially when I can do something to stop it.
I guess that’s where I fail because I’m neither influential enough for him to listen, nor inspirational enough for him to be “enlightened”. But I have also come to realise that this meticulous quality is something relatively innate, and unless I work for myself, I have no choice but to put up with it, or with people who lack thereof.
So once again, I’m writing to channel the agony somewhere and not let it affect me at work. Funny, cos I can already see the pattern of the entries here LOL…