Words of wisdom
Just came across an interesting list of dos and don`ts and truisms about being a successful photographer on Alec Soth`s blog. The list is funny and very helpful, not sure how tongue in cheek all of it is meant to be but there are some gems of wisdom there. For example:
Do fifty of them—you will definitely get a show.
Do it sharp, if you can’t, call it art.
On the don`t it says:
Don’t do it about yourself—or your friend—or your family.
Don’t whine, just produce.
And my personal favourite:
Remember digital point and shoots are faster than Leicas.
Only a brave man says that in the photoworld!
This brave man is Charles H. Traub from a book called the Education of a photographer.
We all need lists like this to learn from and make us smile.
I like making lists and my list of jobs is getting longer and longer everyday. Aside from keywording stock and editing and entering competitions I also need to get out and shoot because as Mr Traub says:
Photography is about looking – Learning how to look takes practice.
If it would just stop raining!