Some ideas for the new year:
- Your own city and neighborhood project: For an entire year, you are only allowed to photograph your own (boring) city or neighborhood. Just call the project by the name of your own city, and at the end of the year, publish your best 20 photos from the city.
- One square block: STREET NOTES idea (mobile) — embrace the one square block. Keep looping around the same square block for an entire month, and shoot both sides of the street. Use this as the ultimate ‘creative constraint‘ for your creativity. Imagine it is like Daytona or LeMans– you keep looping the same circle, but find subtle differences each time.
- Crush the blacks: Extreme high contrast monochrome. Keep increasing contact, and the ‘black’ slider until you have no more detail. Disdain detail. The soul of the image is the essence of the image, not the small details in the photo.
- Every month put out a small e-zine of your photos: Make a small PDF e-book every month, or a ‘zine’ every month with Affinity Publisher, Adobe Indesign, or Google Slides or Keynote (export as PDF). Each photo book can have as few as 12 photos, as much as 30.
- The zen of one camera, one lens: Put away all your cameras in your drawer or give them away or sell them. One camera, one lens for an entire year.
- Un-brand yourself: Do not associate yourself with any camera, or brand. Spend the year building up your own name and brand. Make YouTube videos, your own podcast, your own blog.
- Solo photography entrepreneur: Become a solo photography entrepreneur. Why solo? No need to participate in ‘collaborations’, or to join or be a part of a ‘collective’. To be a pillar unto yourself and not need others to ‘build yourself up’– a noble goal. If you want to make money with photography, either create your own products, sell your services (consulting, workshops, education, etc), and just use PayPal to accept payments (create a ‘buy it now’ button).
- Every month, buy a new photo book. 12 new great photo books for you for an entire year (#buybooksnotgear)
- Go on one travel trip this year: Can be local, via a car road trip, pair it with an AirBnb experience. Places to shoot in America (Downtown Los Angeles near the ACE hotel, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco Mission neighborhood). For a more epic experience, Cambodia is open. Mexico City as a great place (easy to get for us Americans).
- Start your own photography blog, and write one blog post at least once a month, and share it with friends and family.
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What I am watching and interested in
- Fast and the Furious 9 (impressed with Vin Diesel longevity, and how buff John Cena is). Also big fan of Justin Lin (liked his Star Trek).
- The new Boba Fett on Disney+
Read my Matrix 4 critique review (still recommend watching it).
ERIC KIM TURBO THOUGHTS
- The Psychology of Photography
- Anti Small
- 1000x Different
- How to Become More Extroverted
- Break the Simulation
- How I Made Money with Crypto
If this sparked any creative ideas, feel free to forward to a friend!