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I’ve also been nagged by reoccurring thoughts about photography and the state of the photography business itself. When I reach out to photographers to ask how they are doing I’m met with a barrage of bad news. This really pains me. To see creative, talented, driven people dying on the vine is painful to watch, especially because I was once one of these people. At least the driven part.
As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I’m involved in this AG23 Zine project with Beyond, a project representing something new for me. What that is exactly is difficult to explain, but this is what I do know. The old model of photography is broken and has been for several decades. The new model of photography, the one mired in the world of
Maybe these images representing the old and the new in regard to energy are a good composition for what I’m attempting to describe in regard to photography. We have a group desperately clinging to the old model. Some for pure greed, others because they don’t anything else and the remaining numbers clinging perhaps out of fear or frustration. The new industry offers something we MUST embrace, but it’s not perfect in its current state, and people are embracing it in a variety of different ways and speeds.
The power has shifted from tradition keepers of information to the public in general, but this has an upside and downside. Creators are no longer beholden to the gatekeepers, but they still need to make a living. Combine this with a massive influx of semi-trained, semi-professional creators who feel the need to be “pros” right away with almost no training. This waters down the quality of work. Throw in the relentless bombardment of imagery via social and you have a truly unsustainable situation.
So what’s next? Where do we go? How to we repair what has been destroyed, or do we kiss it goodbye and watch the pieces float away on the tide? Me, I’m going to start thinking. Pure, unrestricted thought. What does a positive future look like? Is it possible? I don’t want any part of what is happening now. Today’s model just isn’t good enough, or interesting enough, and is failing in the primary goal of existing as a sustainable platform created to deliver the best work available. Let’s get to work.