I have been working since I was 15 years old. In college I worked multiple jobs at a time. I’ve attempted to list all the places I’ve worked…but as the years go on… it’s not quite so easy to remember those “summer” jobs.
From the last count; I have had 16 jobs in the “creative” world and 13 get-me-by jobs in high school and throughout college to help pay bills. Since I paid my own way through college, I had to work, there was no choice and this required multiple jobs in order to make ends meet.
Other than the high school and college years, I have always worked in the photography; it has always been my passion.
Unfortunately my photojournalism dreams sank/drowned/vanished with the digital world.
In 2003, many newspapers went into a hiring-freeze; then they cut-back, then closed. It’s an ever shrinking world, and photography is moving towards video. While many people LOVE YouTube and I do use it myself. It is a part of the down-fall of the newspaper. The demand for instant news information has crushed the need for many newspapers to exist. By the time the paper is delivered to your front door, the news is old.
I am however “tired” of the job and want my “career” to kick off. I am very good as a photographer…just slightly scared of taking that leap into full-time freelance. I’ve “almost” always had a secure job, minus a small stint in 2007.
I think however, I am ready to have a go at my career. I have heard from people in regards to my current situation, “maybe it’s time to ask yourself, what do you want to be when you grow up”. I am what I’m going to be; a photographer. That will never change and while my secure situation will, I now have the ability to do what I want and control my outcome.
Do I have any regrets….only one…not taking a business class as I should have in college. I’m learning on my own what works and what doesn’t. Other than that one small regret, I have none.
When you find yourself at a Crossroads..which way do you turn…the easy way? Knowing that the bills are paid, you have insurance, you are bringing in a steady income…or the hard way? I’m at that point, so I’m diving in head first and attempting the hard way…
Please take a look, let me know, honestly what you think…
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” -George Bernard Shaw, Renowned Irish Author
This may be off topic, and bringing more of a personal issue or pet-peeve into light, but I feel it needs to be discussed
I am an artist. I have always been an artist. As a child, in school, throughout college, always an artist. In college, we learned, there are no new ideas. Yes there are ideas, but creatively as an artist, it’s all be done before.
We as artists, take inspiration from prior artists to create and inspire other artists, it’s a never ending circle. To me this is the purest form of teaching one can do, can provide and can share. Hoarding information and ideas is one of the most negative and detrimental traits in our society.
Imagine for example if those that discovered the technologies of how to capture light never shared their knowledge and their discoveries in 1814. Where would photography be today?
“View from the Window at Le Gras” Joseph Nicéphore Niépce
Would Ansel Adams be known for his outstanding black and whites? Would those that came after him that learn of the “Zone System”? A process he shared to achieve and learn the same techniques he developed?
Adams described how the Zone System was developed: “I take this opportunity to restate that the Zone System is not an invention of mine; it is a codification of the principles of sensitometry, worked out by Fred Archer and myself at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, around 1939-40.”
The technique is based on the late 19th century sensitometry studies of Hurter and Driffield, the Zone System is also applicable to roll film, both black-and-white and color, negative and reversal, and to digital photography.
What if in 1903 Wilbur & Orville Wright didn’t work well together or were not inspired by the drawings of DaVinci?
What if DaVinci, and his drawings on the studies of birds, wings, and flight, didn’t exist or were not shared. What if the one of the world’s most renowned artists, believed his ideas, were too good to share?
Without sharing ideas, techniques and knowledge, we do not grow, we can not develop new ideas or modify existing ideas. We become stagnate in the idea that “our idea” is top secret and shouldn’t be provided to others.
I am a teacher by nature. I crave knowledge and love learning new techniques, improving on my skills, and discussing.
I believe in providing as much information on “how” I did something. What I used or how I achieved that image, that edit or that idea.
I am as they say, an open book, all you have to do is ask.
“If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly.” – Buddhist proverb
So for the last few weekends, I’ve been trying to capture these fast little creatures. They are bold, will chatter at you if you are in their space. They have no fear of dogs, especially when mine just watches them. They are amazingly fast. These were shot at 1/1000th of a second, 2000 ISO @ f4.
These are not perfect images but plan on trying each morning during the weekends when they are most active. I have learned though, it requires alot, ALOT of patience and sitting and waiting…