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SO you get enough cash to fund you for a year, maybe you get a redundancy payment, say...
It's your 1 and only chance to try to make a living from Photography
What would you do - in an ideal world where it's bound to work? Whatever you shoot sells and you live well....
What would you do - in the real world... where you have to find your own clients and niche to make it work
What would you do?
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Quote: If you were to "go professional" what would you shoot?
(Sorry Ade - I couldn't resist)
Documentaries about all aspects of London Life for prestigious magazines and to illustrate books.
yeah - that'd be cool - who would you start with? the rich, the poor?
Quote: Yeah - that'd be cool - who would you start with? the rich, the poor?
Simultaneous, to show the contrasts, differences, but at the end of the day, the similarities. People are still humans despite everything.
(sorry for the hijack, Jeff)
Would depend on the project but I prefer everyday folks. It's OK documenting the poor as long as they're OK with it too, otherwise it's a bit intrusive and patronising. And snapping people that live on the streets can be a bit too easy. I'm not comfortable with doing that just for the sake of it. But poor happy folks is fine.
Not keen on rich folks - I might have to buy a frock to get access! Can't see that happening. We can't all be david baileys and turn up in our ripped jeans, unfortunately.
Quote: Simultaneous, to show the contrasts, differences, but at the end of the day, the similarities. People are still humans despite everything.
Jeez Ade - you don't ask easy questions, do you !?
In an ideal world, I'd create photographic art that lifts people's spirits, gets hung on people's walls because it takes them away from the sh!t of life, and lets them believe in magic, even if it's just for the time they're looking at it.
In the real world, I'd stuff the money in the bank to earn interest and get something else that will pay the bills. Arty farty don't necessarily cut the mustard in the cut-throat world of making a living from photography
so how would you start... would this be a "fly on the wall" thing, or would you find willing subjects to "shadow"?
how would you find the right people - maybe look on Twitter?
would it be a "day in the life" kinda thing - or something longer, maybe a few shoots over a year ?
You talking to me or Tanya?
If it's me, I'm thinking more of things like the Museum of London rings up because some archaeologists have just found some ancient buried bodies or treasure. I could do an article on the dig, the people, the artefacts, the history etc. Could be a magazine article or something for a book or the museum.
Or follow someone around as they go about their daily business or work.
Or find quirky corners of the City to illustrate an article.
Just general stuff.
Quote: You talking to me or Tanya?
Drat ... I'd just typed out a really witty reply about forests not having Twitter accounts, then didn't post it 'cos I thought he was talking to you!
I think if I did people, I'd want to find the 'alternatives' in society, who have stories that maybe never get told because they're below the radar of the 'norm'. I sometimes want to go and speak to people who live on the streets, to find out what happened, and why they've arrived at the point in life that they have. Everyone has a story, and some are incredibly sad.
Knowing my luck, though, I'd probably get thumped and told (none too politely) to go forth and multiply ...
Fund an education, use the BA / MA to go into an area of photography that doesn't involve weddings, portraits, commercial photography, gallery Sales, pretty much avoid selling my images in a highly over populated area of photography.
Perhaps clinical photography or teaching photography...
There are NO areas of photography that are not already over-populated, especially teaching photography...
One of my biggest regrets in life is that, when I was at school, there wasn't Photography offered as a curriculum subject. I think that if there had been, I would definitely have taken it as a subject and probably gone on to university or further education in that field. Who knows where I would have ended up?!
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