Documenting Your Own Back Yard

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer

Photo by Joey L

As a self trained photojournalist and editorial photographer, I’ve been privy to many of my colleagues lamenting/believing that if they could just photograph/document someplace else, they would have a better understanding of the world and a better portfolio…

I don’t fully agree with that belief.

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I have a bone to pick with alot of photographers today

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Now that 2016 is in full gear, I’ve begun to think how to rebrand/rebuild  what I’ve been doing professionally for over 30 years.  As Joel Grimes put it, if you’re not producing self generated work at least once a week, you run the risk of falling into obscurity.  So I’m pushing myself into areas photographically that I have not felt very comfortable with.

But I realize it’s necessary to grow even at this stage of my career in a profession I have loved in 1977 when I received my first camera.

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The NatGeo Layoffs – Turning Lemons into Lemonade

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It was announced today that the buyout of National Geographic by 21st Century Fox earlier this year has resulted in almost 200 staffers being let go.

The very idea of what photojournalist and colleague Patrick Downs stated as “They’re (21st Century Fox) gonna mess up the jewel in the NGS crown” is a severe understatement.

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We Are Online Publishers, Not Just Visual Content Creators

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…we are slowly starving to death due mostly to the sheer amount of “acceptable” images being produced.

I turned 53 in July and for the past 3+ months have been struggling with what might be termed a mid-life career crisis. Speaking with good friend and mentor @viewmagazine recently, I’ve come to one of those many epiphanies as one gets older regarding what I’ve done in the past and what I’m doing presently.

The idea of shooting visual content only is an outdated paradigm — one that you can either fight — and perish, or adapt and try to survive.

We are in a “Photography Surplus”.

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