“Civilizations aren’t remembered by their business people, bankers, or lawyers. They’re remembered by their arts.”
– Eli Broad
Chase Jarvis’ dirtiest secret in photography video is one of the better videos I have seen for a while. In the video Chase raises the idea that the best ideas and inspiration come from outside of the photography industry. I couldn’t agree more.
A lot of problems that we encounter as photographers don’t have anything to do with photography which is why we need to look outside of the photography industry for inspiration and solutions. It’s naive to only look to the photography industry for inspiration and solutions to every problem we have. One such problem that can’t be solved by the photography industry is the anxiety that we might feel when shooting on the streets. We get anxious that people will get angry at us or cast dirty looks in our direction.
“You’re not a photographer because you are interested in photography.”
– David Hurn
Most “how to become a better photographer” articles or videos are bull shit. This video from Sean Tucker is actually useful and worth a watch.
Boredom has a bad reputation, it’s generally thought that boredom is dangerous and a disruptive state of mind to be feared and avoided at all costs hence why technology (the internet, the web, computers, smart phones, tablets etc…) that provides us with easy access to perpetual entertainment has been so eagerly embraced by so many people who have to have their smart phones surgically removed from their meaty paws.
One of my favourite writers, Nick Earls, agrees that boredom is a good thing saying in an interview that it’s important to be bored “because out of boredom comes imagination and creativity”. And Nick is dead right boredom is important. We should allow ourselves to get bored and embrace boredom.
“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”
– Paul Strand
Photography has come a long way from the early days when the camera was regarded as just a scientific instrument. The history of photography has taught us that photography is indeed an art.
But lately I have been running low on inspiration and have been questioning why I make photos. What is the point of it? Why bother? Is it even important? Is art important? So I did some reading and thinking and I’m happy to say that yes art is indeed important! Art is extremely important and this is why.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
– Pablo Picasso
Sometimes it can seem like it would be easier to give up than it would be to carry on doing whatever you do. It’s hard to remember that hard work is worth it and will pay off. If you feel like chucking it all in and calling it a day on your creative pursuit(s) (or any other pursuit(s)) then you need to watch this three part video essay The Long Game from Adam Westbrook, a brilliant video essay about perseverance and not giving up.