A while back when, I was featured on another photography podcast.
To both of our surprises, he said yes!
And to be completely transparent, I had never head of David and wasn’t familiar with his work either.
Now I am quite the fan as his approach to photography is something short of refreshing as he practices what he preaches.
That photography is meant to be creative, nature to be preserved, and that likes and followers don’t make the photographer automatically better.
After recording back-to-back episodes for both of our shows, two hours had gone by and I had gotten to know the man very well.
Our conversation left me wondering, as David steered the talk towards photography trends. Particularly those with us younger folk.
Is photography ‘cool’ now?
Photography may be ‘cool’ in some ways given how much more affordable (but still quite costly!) the gear has become, and how nearly every person has a phone in their pocket.
The tools are democratized, and now anyone can pick up a camera and take a photograph.
Younger creatives may see photography in a whole new lens that the veteran status members may overlook.
The myriad ways to share our work in the Information Age allow us to grow an audience fairly quickly.
There’s many pros and cons either way, but let me highlight the “glorification of photography” that so much happens in the mainstream.
So many people want to become the next latest and greatest photographer that travels the world, or to photograph weddings for many clients.
To think that this life is glamorous on paper is not always the case when put into action.
It takes a whole lot of work and perseverance to elevate your craft and improve.
I’ve always said it and I’ll say it again, but if I never made a single penny again from a photo print or freelance video project, I would still ‘get out there‘ with the camera.
I would still film that video, or hike that state park, or press that shutter.
At risk of some pushback, this may be a nice mantra to take with you..
Focus on content, the money will follow.
Yet that money isn’t everything towards better photography.
A hashtag is ephemeral while a beautiful photo stays with you.
The process is what I crave, and you should too.
Enjoy photography for what it is; an art form forever, not a trend to ride.
That’s what makes photography ‘cool.’
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