Mi Do wrote:
I think you should sample each of the markets and see which glove fits your hands best. And I think you should do it soon.
The problem with most young (new) photographers is that they go out to copy what others have done before. Their work is absolute commercial shit and they get caught up in the drama of being in a competitive market because they have no creativity that saves them away from the competitive market. Anyone can do the commercial stuff but it's harder to actually put your current soul in to your images. You're going to have a LOT more soul if you travel and take some risks. You'll become more independent if you treat cities like a buffet by sampling from each. Some cities will taste and feel good, others will make you sick. You'll meet some cool people and some bad people. You'll find new ways to love, have your heart broken, and break some hearts. You'll get different POV's and you can remove your institutionalized culture.
One other thing I learned from sampling cities: don't go in with a very strict plan. Just plan on learning and experiencing and living. People who move with a 5 year plan have NO clue how the world really works. Because the fact is, your plan is based on your naive and romantic perception of how the world really is, and it is based on what's happening NOW. But the world doesn't pause for one second.
If you want to go, pick up the next cheapest flight you can find, book it, and figure it out as you go. Contact people as you go. Be a free spirit. The world needs more free spirits.
One other thing - I have a rule whenever I am with my suitcase heading to an airport. I remind myself that I will NEVER be the same person when I return. I will be introduced to new people and ideas and stories and experiences. I suggest everyone do the same. Why wait to start your new life since you'll never be living in this one again?!
I agree with all of this 100%, well said!
I wish I could leave now!
Right now I'm gonna try to get into some agencies in DC,.it's so true with photographers conforming/ competing and never actually get to use their creativity and that scares me because if you don't use it you lose it!
when I can leave in sep/oct I fully plan on sampling the different cities!
I never really plan because life happens so I'm notbginna have a set plan like Paris 3 months Milan 3 months... Blah blah I'm just going to stay where it feels right the longest like you said.