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The idea of shooting visual content only is an outdated paradigm — one that you can either fight — and perish, or adapt and try to survive.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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What Inspires Me: Neighborly Portraits in Mexico

What Inspires Me: Neighborly Portraits in Mexico

The New Yor Times Photo-blog “Lens” has a visually stunning posting today of available light b/w portraits shot by photographer Russell Monk.

The exquisite light comes from overhead north light it seems and the use of his skills with a minimalist equipment setup only shows more that skills, not tools make the image.

Each image is a fantastic moment in time captured to reflect the uniqueness of each subject.

Google Currents – A Milestone For Publishing Content

Google Currents is going to change how independent content is distributed to wireless devices.  That’s my opinion but I think a valid one.

A recent statistic I read stated that within 2 years, at least one third of content on the web will be accessed via iPad, and with the growth in numbers of android devices, this number could be conservative in this statistic.

As a visual journalist, I see the opportunity to distribute unique content now within the reach of any set of eyeballs.

Publishing is straight forward via Google Producer, which allows you to setup your content for distribution within the Google Currents ecosystem.

IMO, Google Currents can be thought best as a platform for established & independent publishers to quickly develop magazine-style touchscreen layouts.

This bodes very well for visual content creators such as multimedia journalists, photographic/text packages, etc.

As I focus more on producing stills and audio slideshows, I’m having to reassess what distribution platform I am going to utilize.  As it stands now, Google’s Blogger platform has alot going for it in ways the others don’t.  I like Tumblr, but it’s beginning to show more and more weaknesses – especially last weeks “Our servers are over Capacity” error I got – AGAIN.

I’m still testing, trying out different platforms for posting content.  My take so far is that Google’s own Blogger platform does the best, with WordPress second and Tumblr having issues with displaying mixed media content.

The gatekeepers have been removed yet again.

Photography as a Currency

Photo by David Hobby

On this Thanksgiving Day, David Hobby of @Strobist has given his insights around what it means to give back to the local community using our photographic skills as currency that pays in unique ways.

How are you giving back to your local community?

(Photo by David Hobby)