Like it or not, most people put others into neat little generalized categories so that life makes sense for them. We call them stereotypes and they help people function in society by avoiding being overwhelmed by a mass of information. Plenty of stereotypes turn out to be false, but some of them end up being (partly) true. Especially when you take a look at the different types of photographers to be found in the wild.
Photographic artist Pixel Crush, known for merging the world of photography and illustration, this time turned his attention to brutally honest caricatures of male and female photographers. We absolutely loved Pixel Crush’s interpretations of reality and couldn’t wait to show them to all of you lovely Pandas out there.
Be sure to scroll down to the very bottom to give the artist the attention he deserves. Upvote your fave illustrations and let us know what you think of them. Are they too provocative? Are they right on the money? Would they be something that you’d share with your photographer buddies? And make sure to look through Bored Panda's other post about Pixel Crush's illustrations of 'typical' models that photographers have to deal with. Scroll down for our interview with Pixel Crush!
According to Pixel Crush, he started the series back in 2016: "Within the photographer/model industry there are a few personality types that are pretty common. I drew a few caricatures of stereotypical models just on a whim that seemed to get a chuckle from some friends. Then I started sketching out some typical photographer stereotypes, but never finished them and they sat in my computer for over 2 years. It was only about a week ago that I decided to finish them up, drew a few more model caricatures, and released them on my social media accounts. I thought a few people would find them funny, I had no idea they would be so popular and resonate with so many people! If I did, I probably would've taken more time drawing the earlier ones a bit better."
"Each illustration is pretty quick to draw, maybe about an hour or so. Some of the ideas came pretty quick, whereas some others would take a bit more time planning and sketching out a funny concept, pose, etc."
"I've worked as a professional illustrator/graphic artist for most of my adult life," Pixel Crush said. "I took up photography about 10 years ago as my way of continuing to explore digital art. Since then I've mainly worked in Photoshop: shooting models and creating fantasy images using a mix of photography and illustration."
"I see these caricatures all the time! They're not created as a caricature of any specific person, but more of a combination of people I've met, either in person or online. For me they're quite accurate, and judging by the response online, it seems many others feel the same way."
Pixel Crush, whose real name is Mike R., is based in the city of Edmonton in the province of Alberta, Canada. His illustrations are known for combining aesthetic beauty with fantasy and a dash of provocative flair. It’s hard to argue against Mike’s vision of photographer stereotypes because they’re so eerily accurate. I’m pretty sure I know a couple of ‘Bros’ and ‘Momtographers.’
The artist’s creativity has netted him over 3,720 fans on Facebook and more than 2,270 followers on Instagram: this is just the beginning of Pixel Crush’s rise to fame which will be practically inevitable if he keeps up this quality of work.
Pixel Crush told Clinton Lofthouse of Fstoppers more about the ‘Typical Male Photographers’ series: “For the one ‘character,’ ‘The Creeper’ — to be honest, I was almost not even going to post it, even though it was the first one I drew. They don’t exactly fit a stereotype and could look and act like literally anyone at any professional level. But, instead of diving into a deep societal commentary and getting too dark with this series, I decided to leave it in here as a type of loony-tune caricature — a personification of someone (and behavior) that definitely needs to be ridiculed.”
As for the topic of stereotypes, Psychology Today explains that awareness of negative stereotypes (aka ‘Stereotype Threat’) can impact us and affect our performance at work and elsewhere. However, researchers have shown that even though stereotypes can be harmful does not mean that they are inaccurate. Or, to make this more relevant, a ‘Bro’ type photographer may feel insulted, but it wouldn’t make the caricature any less truthful.