As I hinted at in the last post, once you start thinking of various ways to change or resolutions to make for the New Year, an avalanche of ideas can strike. After further contemplation, I’ve come up with a short list of the final 3 resolutions to make during the year.
I want to spend more time with other artists. I feel that this is a necessity for photographers. I think one of the ways that photography will get rid of this shackle of “is it an art?” is to work with other artists. Other artists will discover that the camera is as much a tool in our hands as a brush or a chisel in theirs. The doors for more opportunity will open once this dialogue begins. Art will flourish, business will flourish, photography will flourish, and everyone wins. I like wins.
I want to try a new form of photography. Why? Because it’s fun! Also, because the chance that I may discover something I’ve never known. What if I’m the world’s next greatest microphotographer? How good am I at astrophotography if I’ve never tried it? Imagine taking pictures of the rings of Saturn or the moons of Jupiter. Other forms of photography will inspire my creativity to try new things and techniques in the forms of photography that I’m currently involved in. I would like to try various other styles and formats to see what I can do and where it will take me.
I want to spend more time with clients. This resolution is important as a business. If you take the picture of a sewage treatment plant, but you’re the only one who thinks it’s a great picture, you are not going to sell it well. While I’m sure there is a market for excrement (literally) hanging on the living room wall, I can’t imagine it’s a big market. I want to spend time talking with other people about what pictures they not only want to see, but want to buy. This will lead to not only better sales but also a better experience for both my customers and myself.
Naturally, I have more resolutions to make. However, I’m not going to share the ones about how I achieve world domination or healthcare that actually works. I’m afraid they will be too boring. So, I’m going to grab my camera and practice. What are your thoughts?
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