Stumbling around getting a photography business started makes you susceptible for bad news about your chosen profession. Recently there was an article in the New York Times about the depressing state of photography in the 21st century and how prospects were gloomy for the foreseeable future. Wow, reading that was like a 2×4 between the eyes – what was I thinking when I stepped onto this path?!?
Fortunately, I’d heard much of the same while in photography school last year, and see much of it in various articles since. Nonetheless, here was the New York Times – the paper of record – telling us we might as well convert our cameras to boat anchors. Or expect to work several jobs as a requisite for pursuing our passion for imagery.
Wondering what professionals who have seen feast and famine in this business thought of this commentary, I was pleased to see Kirk Tuck take it on with a strong push-back. I’ve been reading Kirk’s blog for several months, admittedly initially because he tossed his Nikon kit and switched to Olympus, and I find his perspectives to be sensible, level-headed and inspiring.
No boat anchor for him. He sees this time as an opportunity to rediscover the creative spark, look through his viewfinder and renew a love of the visual world. For him good work will always attract good clients.
Read the article (he has a link to the original NYT screed) and see what you think.
As for me, I’m going to keep looking through my viewfinder and showing people what I see.