“So I won’t talk here about the ways and means to promote yourself, how to position your work to get (if you are lucky and talented) a swell client base. Rather I will take a contrary approach, reduce the problem of how to be a photographer to its basest level. Be yourself. Follow both your good and your bad instincts. In my experience most people’s good instincts are remarkably similar, while their bad instincts are often particular. By embracing your good and bad ideas and impulses, figuring out how to incorporate them into your life and your work, you somehow become more yourself. Plus, you’ll probably end up in unfamiliar territory, a place that will engage you in ways you can’t imagine, make you feel more alive.
True, your bad instincts (depending upon what they actually are and how they are manifested in your working methods and the outcome of those methods) might cost you in the commercial realm. But on the other hand, they might well do the opposite. If you embrace your contradictions and work hard at being yourself, you will end up in a surprising place, one more authentic than if you just do what you are think you are supposed to do. And in these days of ubiquitous photography what we need, more than anything, is authenticity. People recognize it.” – via Colin Pantall’s blog
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