Often we take photography too seriously.

Why not just photograph for fun?

Why fun?

A child plays for fun. But when a child is playing and having fun, a child is learning. A child is being challenged. “Fun” is simply a feeling of pleasure — of interesting challenge, novelty, and deep learning.

Fun-forward photography

Focus on making photography fun, exciting, enjoyable, curious, and challenging for yourself!

  1. Shoot in new places
  2. Travel photography
  3. Impose fun creative constraints (one camera, one lens) or one aesthetic (only black and white, or only color)
  4. Focus on a certain photographic theme, project, or pusuit
  5. Talk with your subjects, interact with them, and engage your subjects while shooting street portraits.

Play as children do!

Observe children more; and follow their ethical behavior! They play for the sake of play, and they have fun!

Become more child-like, less adult-like.



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“He without a past has no future.”

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Prague, 1968. Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos
Prague, 1968. Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos

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