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It doesn’t take too long to create a solid body of work. If you are diligent, you could do it in 2 years. Other bodies of work can take you 5-10 years.

This sounds like a long time, but it isn’t. Time flies by extremely quickly. Do you remember being a college freshman, blinking your eyes, and suddenly you graduated? Do you remember being at your job the last 4 years? Do you remember seeing your kids grow up the last 4 years?

Of course it is always hard to make time for our photography. Life always gets in the way. But if you stay your project or body of work today, you will have images you are proud of in just a short time.

I also advocate working on a series or a project rather than just single images. 4 years working on just single images can net you a few interesting standalone photos. But 4 years working on a project can help you create a memorable body of work, which allows you to go deep into your subject matter and create more meaningful work.

So what do you have to lose? Start your body of work today.

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  1. Well..that’s exactly what I found lacking in my photography. Consistent photography, which I cannot achieve with single images. So I re-started everything, and hope to build something constructive from now on. Hard choices dumping almost everything I’ve done so far, but I do believe it’s the way to go, for me at least. Great post, and I hope in a few years people (and most of all myself) can say there’s actually something to my photography :) Thanks!

      1. Well..2 actually and a change of approach. I’ve started this long term photography-at-distance project where many people participate in. I do no shooting however LOL. The other one is simple: registering everything around me wherever I am..this will also take time. The change is though: limit myself. 1 camera, 1 or 2 kinds of film, and that’s it. No more frolicking around :)

  2. I’m at the 3 1/2 year mark on a project and I recently looked back and decided the first two years were junk. You need the perspective of years – as versus months/weeks/days, to make those types of discoveries.

  3. I was standing on a rocky jetty overlooking Charleston Harbor last night. A container ship passing thru my composition made a nice contrast to the milky water and static jetty. No more weddings. Portraits… maybe for friends. I’ve found my passion and it has been liberating. I can now focus on a couple of projects. Long exposure landscapes and documentary work via a freelance newspaper gig. It will be a nice balance between my day job and requires minimal gear. Money that would go into obscene amounts of gear have allowed me to buy my beloved Leica M2 and couple of primes. Thinking of a Medium format or large format for landscapes.

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