Create: For What It’s Worth Episode 024

Back again with all kinds of tasty morsels. Yep, just what’s floating around in my head. Buyer beware. We have multiple heroes of the week, a few thoughts about non-pros telling non-pros what pros are thinking, dressing up while traveling and my little encounter with the ATF at the Waco cult standoff. There is so much here I’m not sure what to do with myself. Get it while it’s hot.

13 Comments on “Create: For What It’s Worth Episode 024”

  1. Why should I want to make that photograph, when there’s thousands who have taken it before? I’m as dumbfounded as you to see people redoing what everyone else has done before. Doesn’t make sense to me. I do think it’s a self-esteem thing, Internet, IG and co. has made it so that it requires courage to do original work on there, because you’re not gonna get following for being yourself. Well, my mom follows me.

    Of course Internet readers are less interesting… you can pick and choose what you read so all you do is reinforce everything you already think and believe. And I agree we have to train our brain as much as our body. Now my brain is numb from listening to 47 minutes of Milnor… is that good or bad. I don’t know, I’m probably brainwashed by now.

    1. Mathieu,
      It’s awesome. Now buy my 78 step guide to self-improvement. Lack of original thought is behind most of our poor decisions these days.

  2. Daniel,
    great episode! Be honest to yourself, of course it was all about running around with a grey or kaki photowest 😉 I had one for myself stuffed with things I never needed. But how cool was that…..Crazy times back then… anyway I love your episodes! Take care!
    Hasta la proxima amigo!
    Leif
    Leif

    1. Leif,
      I had two vests, truth be told. One a classic tan with mesh backside. Made my photographs so much better. And then I had the black one that looked like full military spec that I was totally afraid to wear.

  3. Daniel,
    great episode! Be honest to yourself, of course it was all about running around with a grey or kaki photowest 😉 I had one for myself stuffed with things I never needed. But how cool was that…..Crazy times back then… anyway I love your episodes! Take care!
    Hasta la proxima amigo!
    Leif

  4. One of the things that bugs me Dan are “hipsters” arguing over what is and isn’t street photography. I was doing what we now call street photography back in the early 1980s. I’m with Gary Winogrand. Street photography is and was always a dumb label. So are the arguments over what is and aint it.

    1. Jim,
      I’m not a fan of hipsters or their version of street photography. It’s a mess of boring work and bad conversation.

  5. Great way of sharing your thoughts. You kept me listening the full 47minutes. I also don’t smoke (but who cares)

    Keep u sharing your thoughts!

    Heiko (from the Netherlands)

    1. Heiko,
      Thanks for commenting. I love the Netherlands. Unique light. Bicycles. Cool people. What’s not to like?

  6. Just listened to this episode. Loved it. Your comments about everyone taking a picture of the same thing really resonated with me. On family trips I used to travel with all the gear I thought I needed to cover any and all situations, literally from wide angle to 400mm. One time we were visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and I woke up early one morning to join the photographer in residence for a workshop. It was dozens of people in the same location taking pictures of the same thing. When I returned home to review my pictures, I literally had hundreds of pictures of the same feature separated only by seconds to try and capture that one “right” moment. And my thought as I reviewed them was, “Boring, boring, boring….” I later saw that Ansel Adams had made a picture of the same feature, only (as to be expected) much better. That was the epiphany moment when I realized how stale my photography had become. I sold all of my equipment and started over with one body and one lens to purposefully limit myself. I am much more satisfied with my work since then, and try more to be present to the moment rather than manufacturing it based on other people’s work.

    1. Chris,
      And photography has changed. It’s ubiquitous now. A daily flood. I think photography now is totally sustainable with a 50mm only. Personal moments, snapshots. And good copy. Real copy. Honest.

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