I recently subscribed to Landscape Photography magazine, an on-line, digital photography magazine that features people and places and is, in my opinion a fabulous on-line photography magazine. I like a lot of things about it, and it represents to be many of the things I find interesting and exciting about being involved in the world of photography. It is international…it features local photographers (ie uk) but also has pros and connections into Australia as well, which for me is perfect. It provides an opportunity for unknowns to submit work. It has an amazing layout that really inspires me and the images are both colour and black and white, so it crosses boundaries that I don’t think need to be in place in general. I have just downloaded my second edition and skimmed through and can’t wait to get stuck in. Can definitely recommend!
I have been a bit dormant over the summer months. My focus has been elsewhere I admit, but I feel that I am starting to get my enthusiasm back again..photographically speaking. I have decided, that I am going to do a complete about face and not set myself any goals for 2013! How about that. It flies in the face of everything I have thought and everything I have said to people, but my one and only goal, if you can call it that…. is to have fun. That’s it.
I have soul searched a bit more on this. I did make the statement the other week that maybe I should just give it up…that scared me a bit, that I even said that out aloud, but on contemplation I think it was out of frustration. How do I fit into this, why can’t I sell my work, how do I sell my work, am I good enough, could I be good enough – over and over. Enough.
I have been following lots of different photographers and looking out for exhibitions and things that could inspire me – there is a wealth of stuff happening, but I want it to have a wow factor for me.
I have also recently been following the work of Andy Rouse. I met Andy at the London Outdoor show last year and briefly spoke to him about his images. He wouldn’t have a flying clue who I am, even though I follow him on twitter and facebook and occassionally comment. I love his work, his wildlife is spectacular and I am seriously contemplating trying to get on an Africa trip, but I think it his attitude that captures my attention. In social media channels you can barely control your own PR, as there are so many people having a say. I find his approach blunt to say the least, but fair. He posted a comment this morning asking people what they were shooting over the weekend and saying, whatever you do, just enjoy, which fits with everything I have been thinking.
So thats the plan folks, I am giving myself a year to enjoy!