Community Visual Journalism is needed now more than ever

“…you don’t have to travel across the globe to experience new things. Your own backyard is the farthest place away to someone else on the other side of the world.” ~Joey L – Photographer

I’m reiterating this again…

Yes, it’s been awhile since I posted last – As David Hobby has said:

I don’t want to be a full time blogger who also does photography…

But over a year since the last posting?

Yeah, I know…

Here’s what I’ve learned so far since my last posting:

  1. The state of the world is what it is – with all the negativity out there, it seems almost impossible to find those little pockets of positivity in what seems like a doom and gloom information age.
  2. I’ve come to realize that it’s the ordinary stories that have alot of positive impact.
  3. Software and camera equipment companies would have you believe you HAVE to upgrade to produce “professional level” projects (Total profiteering spin doctoring IMO)
  4. One can tell compelling stories with minimal gear and alot of real world experience, but not the opposite (Trendy latest gear and no practical experience) – and you don’t have to go to an exotic location to do so.
  5. Less is more when it comes to telling a story – less gear, less flashy effects and more substance.  All the bleeding edge concepts like Cinematic Video-journalism, expensive 4K cameras for web delivery, massive megapixel still cameras, etc are here one moment, gone the next.  Stick to the foundational elements using what equipment you have right now and realize you are capable of telling those stories that have meaning in stills and video.
  6. Pure motion based video content is not the cure all, be all (My proclivity for Audio Slideshows has grown recently for this very reason).
  7. My community visual journalism website LaneCounty360 needed to be rebooted and posted to – it’s the least I can do to document and archive what I’ve witnessed in my time left on this planet for future generations.
  8. The recent sale of my local newspaper (The Register Guard) to a large media group only portends all the more that independent content creators are needed more than ever to tell those stories that use to be done back in the golden era of newspaper and magazine storytelling before media buyouts became common place.
  9. The ability to self publish a magazine and/or book through Blurb and Magcloud that is rich with visuals and text is sorely needed in the print media landscape today.  Think of the golden era of Life, Look and National Geographic magazines.  Instead of quantity, think quality.

We are a species that tells stories – it’s how societies have evolved throughout time.  These stories help to hand down the values and traditions of the past to a culture and teach us what worked and what didn’t.

Storytelling is in our DNA.

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