With the advent of the New Year and resolutions being made I thought it useful for those teetering on the edge of the abyss of yea or nay of Street Photography to maybe compound and help them make the decision to quit.
1. My photographs aren’t good enough
Critique and evaluation are all part of development, whether from yourself, or from trusted sources.If the sources keep repeating the same aspect of your photography is in need of improvement, and this is just impossible to accomplish, then you must quit
2. I don’t get likes or +’s
The be all and end all in modern photography is how quickly you can reach the top of the tree in social media. Should you only receive a few likes per day, and heaven forbid none, then it is probably that time in your life to hang up your Nikon strap and pass the torch of creativity to the Instagrammers.
3. My equipment is out of date
The camera maketh the shot. If you read through bio’s of the greats then medium format Hassleblads and 35mm Leicas are the only tool for the job. If you’re not willing or can’t afford to mimic these wonders, then you don’t really have a hope in hell of achieving greatness, and maybe should focus on just taking shots of the family at Christmas
4. I don’t have time
You will find with proper research that the super photographers had it given to them on a plate.They were born, as we say in the UK, ‘with a silver spoon in their mouth’ ; meaning they had the time because their parents were rich and they didn’t have to work for a living. If this isn’t you and you find you haven’t 8-12hrs a day to give to photography, then you shouldn’t even try.
5. I don’t make enough money
The end result of any creative endeavor is to earn dollar at the end of the day. Messing about fulfilling something just for pleasure in a market dominated economy is a pointless task and you would be better off doing some overtime.
6. Everybody is a photographer
Smartphones and digital have broadened the field to such an extent that any Tom, Dick or Harry is capable of taking a photo, and the real essence of art has been lost in the morass of images. For gods sake CNN even use photos from Twitter! This isn’t photography, this is something dirty and unpleasant.If you find you can’t join in, or feel this is below the art then yes it is time to retire as it is only going to get worse.
7. My personal circumstances have changed (I’ve had a baby)
A change in your life does reveal the true nature of being and yes if you have just had a baby, a divorce, a death and this has thrown your creative centre off too far, it’s time to write a will and pass the equipment down the line – it was only a hobby anyway.
8. My fitness levels are poor
We do struggle, each of us bombarded with selfies and hell I know my gut pokes out where it shouldn’t. That subscription to the gym will make me love myself more than photography ever could. It’s cheap unlike the subscription to these photo journals which I’ll probably throw away anyway. My body is for life!
9. Everybody is shooting in colour and I only shoot black and white
As stated above things have changed so much recently, in a few years! HCB is the rock and foundation of Street Photography and to shoot outside that realm is defacing the art. Them kids in America sure know how to ruin a good thing. I’ve tried shooting in colour myself but it’s not so nostalgic or erotic and I really feel that’s where true Street Photography lies. I won’t change my opinion.
10. Charlie Kirk says I should
Well respected and maybe a little outspoken but admirable. He has a huge following, knows his stuff and well if he says I shouldn’t be doing Street then he’s probably right.
Have a great year without your camera 🙂