I wouldn’t say that I am new to photography but I am definitely not an old hand. I am still tying to find my way through this industry, don’t get me wrong I am not looking for an exit but instead a space I cant inhabit. Like many photographers out there I am still trying to find my place and on this journey I have sold my soul a few times. I have compromised my style, my subject matter and my photography for something as cheap and fickle as followers, friends, subscribers and views. It is easy to get wrapped up in the often endless torrent of content that is being produced or reproduced but what portion of that do you personally find to be quality? Are you a reblogger? That’s cool I don’t hate you but the people I really love are out there pounding the pavement people like Louise Fryer & Stu Egan. The reason I lost my way is that I started shooting for what people wanted to see and not what I wanted to see. And worse still I started reblogging other peoples work/content! (of course I left the credit and attribution links, but I still felt dirty)
Today marks a change. I would rather be followed by less and produce images that I am happy with, then cater to the masses and produce eye candy like a sausage factory. To all my current followers that have stuck by me, thank you. To anyone I have lost along the way, I miss you and I hope to see you again soon.
A suffer from a horrible disease. A disease that has plagued me most of my mature life. This disease is the pointy end of idea generation the side that fights the war or in my case the side that regularly has it’s front line decimated by self assessment and weak external ideas. My disease has many names failure is a major one but probably not quite fitting, incomplete is another half-finished, half-done and half complete are all close. Partial, patchy and fragmented are more concise for you see what I suffer from is a fluid disease that changes with the passage of time and evolves as I do. My disease is execution and the completion or graduation of ideas from little mental acorns into vast real world ideas, plans, patterns and projects that reach the population in any form.
Allow me to explain. I believe that the strongest idea will always win unless that ideas in never printed, published, made or realised in a form other then it’s own inception. It is amazing to think that it is not always the strongest idea that wins but rather the best executed or most complete that will garner the most attention. Im in the business of ideas and to a certain degree I think most of the planets population is in some way or another but were a vast majority need to think creatively to put food on the table or a roof over their head my ideas are in many cases for the sake of the ideas themselves and thus seldom do I see them “graduate”. While I am constantly fuelling this little mental furnace of perpetual idea generation with content from around the world and back again my ideas never really reach fruition. Swiss graphic design, Vietnamese documentary photography, German typography and even Dub step has made an appearance of late but with all this information being ingested little is making it through the gauntlet and out into the real world.
I am very aware of the current state my creative process is in and I think that is the first step in solving this problem and curing my disease and hopefully in the not to distant future I will see my graduation of ideas drastically improve.