Last month, I wrote the first monthly blog post with one of the main objectives being to hold myself accountable and have a shareable way of keeping track of what I’m currently working and also what I’m planning for the future. During this past month of November, I feel like I am moving in the right direction!
Going back to the topic of accountability, I attended an amazing workshop hosted by my good friend Mahal (@mahalmeanslove) where myself and 5 other creatives sat and worked towards defining our dream projects. All of us realised the power and importance of discussing what you’re working on and want to work on in the future with other people. Firstly, you create a feeling of accountability towards others in the sense that this person will eventually want to see progress in this endeavour you mentioned. Secondly, you’re able to get genuine and unbiased feedback that can help you view your idea in ways you had never thought of before. This brings us nicely to the ever so daunting topic of self promotion.
Self promotion is always something I have struggled with, even before I started doing photography. It always feel narcissistic and self-centred to be promoting myself and what I can produce. This leads to me meeting countless amounts of people and never even thinking of showing them my work or in other words sharing my passion with them, something that represents an enormous part of who I am. I feel like I had a breakthrough this past weekend as I attended a creative studio opening party and viewed as nothing more than a networking event. It turned out to be more of party than anything but I surprised myself with how easy it was to share my photography without feeling weird about it. I now see that it’s something painless to execute that very quickly creates new opportunities and connections.
This month I got to shoot with Cinestill 800T film, a really cool option designed for shooting at night. I had wanted to shoot fairs at night for a while and really enjoyed doing so. Although it was challenging to work with lowlight, I am really happy with how some of these came out!
I have also purchased a digital video camera from the early 2000’s. The idea is to add a motion layer to my projects that still matches the nostalgic feeling that film photography can offer. I am currently editing my first video from a trip to Amsterdam and now plan to use this new tool in all my projects.
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