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How to Pave Your Own Path as a Photographer

FREE MOTIVATION

Dear friend,

The turbo thought of today:

Paving your own path is the goal.

There are still many new exciting futures for you as a photographer

The disillusionment and depression we often get as photographer visual artists:

It has already been done before, and there is no room left to innovate.

Why this pessimism? Peter Thiel theorizes it is because much of the geography of the world has been discovered (downside of Google Maps). The society of today isn’t about reckless innovation and exploration, rather, it is more about complacent consumerism (you express your individuality by the things you own and the tools you use) rather than your personality and art work.

De-program yourself from the algorithm

Remember the scene when Neo is unplugged from the Matrix? The now new master of our minds is the ‘algorithm’ (FacebookGram, YouTube and Google search). We are allowing ourselves to get addicted to likes and followers, and we are becoming more risk-averse. Once again– the way to become more innovative and to progress as a photographer is to delete your Instagram. When I deleted my Instagram in 2017, my creative progress from 2017-2021 (4 years) has been phenomenal.

I was able to transition to focusing on building new tools and platforms (arsbeta.com) and focusing more on sharing turbo thoughts on the blog.

Also when I was able to get out of the procrustean bed of just ‘street photography’, I was able to ‘pivot‘ in my photography and gave myself the personal freedom to pursue ALL photography.

Creative isolation

Creative isolation seems to be good. Just spend a year deleting your Instagram or Facebook or Twitter/Snapchat/TikTok and spend a year pursuing your own creative thoughts. No YouTube.

And the simple tip to proceed in your photography:

Spend 90% of your time creating producing and sharing, and only 10% of your time consuming.

I call this ‘producerism‘.

What exciting future is there for you as a photographer?

  1. Start your own blog (bluehost.com and install wordpress.org)
  2. Blog about your own personal thoughts and share your images.
  3. Allow yourself to recycle and ‘upcycle‘ your images. Take your own images and remix them with whatever glitchy filters or looks you like!
  4. Get Affinity Publisher and start publishing your art works as PDF e-books.
  5. Spend more time studying philosophy. Take it back to ‘first principles’ (Aristotle) and question everything. ‘Think different‘ (Steve Jobs) is the goal! When studying other entrepreneurs, don’t pursue their same industries, rather — strive to think as socially different as possible.

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PDF’s to study

PDF: Richard Avedon Photography Composition Studies

Why Richard Avedon? Extreme minimalism in photography portrait compositions, with timeless human soulful images.

STREET PORTRAIT MANUAL

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Photo turbo thoughts

‘You don’t take a photo, you make it’ – Ansel Adams

Make your future photos and make your own future!

ERIC KIM

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