How to have my photography appreciated, or mean something?

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Toronto Photography
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Re: How to have my photography appreciated, or mean something?

AstroVagabond wrote:

I can’t relate to your situation but I did enjoy reading your thoughtful presentation.

I’m passionate about learning. Learning is my life’s journey. Photography was just another opportunity for me to learn something new. For a couple of years I took what I learned and made money as a side hustle providing headshots and portraits. Even then it was more about learning how to get clients, how to build out a studio, how to light, how to post process, and how to leave the client satisfied. Photography was just the vehicle to learn and push myself to improve.

I know you have a day job. I had one as well when I had my studio so I can appreciate the challenges of time management.

However if you want people to see your work, I’m sure you already know this, you’ll need to build a plan and spend the time to do outreach so people can see your work. I don’t know your photography genre but I would start by categorizing your images. Then pick the best ones. Frame a few of the best ones which you think others may find interesting.

Look to join a photography club in your area. Build a network of people who have done what you would like to do. Pick their brains. Search through your local area for opportunities to hang some of your images on a consignment basis. Create an Instagram account and post images with the goal of building followers. I’d forget posting your images here because someone will try and hijack your thread to talk about micro four thirds.

I know you know this. If you want something to happen it is up to you to make it happen. It’s up to you to put forward the extra effort. Nobody is going to do it for you.

Clearly if you put your mind to it and lean into it you could get the visibility for your images and even make money from them. You know this through your guitar journey. You know how much effort you put in to learn and get gigs. You know what it feels like to play in front of an audience and hear their applause.

You are accomplished in something many others long to do but can’t get done. Seems either you launch a full out effort around your photography or you forget it and enjoy the music you make and the people your music entertains.

My apologies if none of this is helpful.

The irony is that some large number of you work is not worthy of being seen. A magazine cover shoot may take 100 or 1000 version of the cover shot - many are just minor insignificant modifications and others are totally different concepts. Only ONE is actually seen.  About 1 in 10 times I take two photos of the same subject just for improved focus issues, so one is good the other not.  An animal i might take 100 photos - most are much the same with degrees of improvement.  a hand ful are the decisive moment

Most works of all photographers are never seen by the general public.  I make a point of showing my failures which are more common than my successes but even then most will not be seen

I just heard on the radio that Angelo had more unfinished words than finished.

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