Luke Garmon Hilariously Lampoons That One Friend Who’s Into Photography

Screenshot taken from Luke Garmon‘s video

In this parody video from creator Luke Garmon that’s been making its rounds amongst the photography community, Garmon portrays a caricature of someone we’ve all undoubtedly crossed paths with; that one friend who’s in love with photography, but can’t stop chasing one trend after another.

We’ve come across people like this in our lives, be it someone on social media, photography forums, at social gatherings, or even overhearing them at trade shows and photography conventions. While they may enjoy taking photos, they tend to be more focused on industry trends and hopping onto the latest bandwagon rather than the craft of photography itself. Anytime some new hotness comes along in the photography industry, they are inevitably the first to fawn over how everything that’s come before is obsolete and should be discarded. It’s important to remember that while the equipment allows us to realize our creative vision, we should never place so much focus on what’s in front of our eyes that we forget about what’s behind it.

Whenever a new trend occurs, you can be sure to see these same people rushing to partake in it. Remember when everyone and their mother started photographing models inside home improvement and arts and crafts stores after a few photographers shared their works shot within those locations? Chances are, we’ve all been guilty of doing some of this at some point during our own photographic journeys. It’s perfectly ok to be inspired by something when we create, but don’t let that overshadow the importance of having our own voice. At the end of the day, don’t forget why we picked up a camera in the first place. Photography is a means to document as well as a form of creative expression, and while the proverb does state that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” there’s a fine line between being inspired by something and being derivative.



Pauleth Ip

Paul is a New York City based photographer, creative, and writer. His body of work includes headshots and commercial editorials for professionals, in-demand actors/performers, high net worth individuals, and corporate clients, as well as intimate lifestyle/boudoir photography with an emphasis on body positivity and empowerment. Paul also has a background in technology and higher education, and regularly teaches private photography seminars. When not working on reviews and features for The Phoblographer or shooting client work, Paul can be seen photographing personal projects around NYC, or traveling the world with his cameras in tow. You can find Paul’s latest work on his Instagram over at @thepicreative.