Gear Is Good, Vision Is Better
(my inspiration) as far as photographers, it starts and ends with Richard Avedon for me. Not necessarily for his style but rather his ability to document and capture an idea. I draw inspiration from everywhere though (other artists, randomness in the city, etc). As an artist, the world gives me inspiration and I just look to return the favor in any way I can.
To Photograph is to hold ones breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy
With all the banter of cyberspace and it being a critical component in marketing my photographic and multimedia storytelling work, I had become so focused on that boring aspect that I have begun to lose my love for the one thing I knew I wanted to do since the age of 15 – be a visual content creator.
Then I found the guidance I needed – Through the website Craft & Vision.
Before having come across Craft & Vision’s Website, I had begun to feel like I was treading water against the current of the ever increasing flood of information and what not and was being swept downstream with no way to stop the direction I was headed.
I come from the old business school, so to speak, of photography. You met with a client – ie; Art Director, Ad Agency, Editor, etc, showed them your book, and dealt with them directly. The industry has changed since that time (I’m talking mid-late 90’s). Now it’s about developing relationships in cyberpsace, using social media, twitter, Facebook, building a tribe aka Seth Godin, etc.
Through Craft & Vision’s e-book offerings, I found two e-books where each one was a very affordable $5.00 that have helped get me refocused and centered to realize I have one of two options – Adapt Or Perish.
As I’ve learned in this new world of visual content creation, change is not easy – or comfortable. Old habits die REALLY hard. I’ve been struggling with unlearning how I use to do things and adapting to this new world of photography as it is today.
Corwin’s e-books have helped me get my love for photography – and multimedia storytelling – back on track. I still experience that internal resistance around it as it still requires me to continuously unlearn these ingrained old habits moment by moment.
In this process, I realized I don’t know what else it is I would do – so I HAVE to make this work.
How badly Do I REALLY want to make this work?
You have no idea!
I still believe that compelling stories can be told with mixed media, not just stills or video only.
Description: Flying in a motorized paraglider over one of the most diverse continents in the world, George Steinmetz captures in his photographs the stunning beauty, potential and hope of Africa’s landscapes and people. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/african-air
The use of photofilm techniques mixing video, audio and stills is a compelling storytelling form.
IMO, The use of mixed media is not even close to being dead. Still images have a place in story telling if the images are compelling and add to the overall impact of the story.
How To Tell A Story
A Story Creates Tangible Change – Brian Storm of @StormMedia talks about what’s really important for creating & producing compelling story’s that matter