There comes a point where you want to take a chance, to push the limits, to try something new. It doesn't have to necessarily be dangerous, maybe it's just different, and maybe it's just a personal challenge, a giving back, if you will.
I started writing blogs years ago, but back then I had no idea what I was really doing with the medium. What was I supposed to do? Is there a set etiquette? I had to form my own ideas and develop them into readable pieces – much like what we as photographers do with our images in post- production, except with language.
I've reached the point where I feel I have evolved beyond filling these blogs with small news updates or more discussion on how difficult it is to be an artist and survive creatively in a corporate world. Don't fret if you enjoyed these posts, I will still be posting blogs when I travel, challenge pieces when I'm faced with a dilemma, and news posts when I have really good news!
Part of (what used to be) good journalism was the ability to report and write on a variety of subjects, interest pieces and the like. It's more than me, I'm not the only photographer in the world, so with that in mind, let's take this to another level, shall we?
In two days’ time, I'm launching a new section for this blog – a featured artist piece for every month, that's about Photographers who inspire me, challenge me and whose ideas and projects I admire.
Titled very simply “Focus On” is my new writing project.
The aim is simple.
I want to give a voice to those who are doing great things in their photographic practice, with specific focus on Landscape photographers. We all have such a unique and focused view of the world around us, I want to share that with as many as I can.
‘Focus On’ is intended to be a flexible platform, exploring not only the ideas and motivations of photographers who are inspiring, but to be a launching platform for any new ideas or initiatives that you may want some further coverage of.
Currently my plans for this blog are quite small, in that I only intend to interview Australian photographers, due to time restrictions (and time zones). I hope it is something that you will enjoy reading, and get something out of for your own practice.
I am open to suggestions and applications for this section. I have a few photographers in mind already, but welcome any input as to who you want to see me interview! Please be aware that while I am away this year, posts may be delayed, however I will do my best to be on-time by posting these around the second week of every month.
If you think you would be suited to this section and would like to be considered for future features, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
I will then review your submission and contact you from there.
Keep an eye on the blog this Thursday to read about my first Photographer and their new exciting project!