Where do we go from here?
Given the economic climate and the ever changing world of photography, 2013 was one of those years of variation and change. Almost everyone in the industry, certainly those of us who aren't world famous or don't have a rather large agency behind us, have had to take stock and consider our options.
What has this meant? For many it's been variation; Kids' photos, weddings, some corporate work, studio portraits, throw in a few animal photos, product shots, music gigs and a couple of street photography projects, oh, and some review writing here and there - to name but a few - and you have a fairly varied year. One of the most inspiring days this year was meeting the great Martin Parr, and watching him work. The overwhelming thought now is that i should have written more about it here! (Photo below)
It's pleasing to come out of the year with work i'm proud of. It's not all been relentless work that's creatively uninteresting, arguably you can find creative interest in most work with a little effort, it just depends what you're looking for, - and that can, to some photographers, be the difficulty with this business. I'm pleased with my wedding work, zoo photos, portraits, landscapes, music - work from many areas. Those seeing this business as a passion can often struggle to progress and it's easy to become mired in work that is creatively inspiring, but too personal to sell.
So what will 2014 bring? Early days, but it may well be similar. I think the key will be to grasp opportunity and see where it takes us...
Thoughts and opinions
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