When I started this blog, I knew I wanted to have a place to show my documentary photography, and post my images. A place that was all my own, that I could direct people to when asked about my photography. I forced myself to finally just start putting up content, because I knew that if I didn’t make myself start posting images, I would overthink the site into nothingness. So here I am.
However, over the course of the last week, I’ve really been thinking hard about what I want to do with this blog. Sure, I want a place to showcase my photography. But I also want more from this.
The photography I enjoy the most, is the kind that I do for me. I look for the things that interest me, things that I find compelling or beautiful. Usually with the hope that other people will find them interesting as well. But I try not to concern myself with that as much when I’m out exploring and taking pictures.
With that in mind, I wanted to figure out how to apply the same principle to this blog. I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t make this blog for me, at least as much as I can, posting here will become a chore versus a joy. And I can’t let that happen.
So, moving forward, I want to stick to having a few weekly posts that follow a theme. I already have my Feature Friday posts, but I am going to add at least one other weekly post: Photographer Feature or Self Help.
Essentially, my goal with these weekly posts is to make sure I keep learning and growing. I’m not in school anymore, so I don’t have the same kind of push I once did. I don’t receive weekly photography assignments specifically created to help me learn. It’s all up to me now.
So in the first weekly post, I will examine the work of one great photographer who inspires me. The best way to learn is from the masters, right? Well I think so anyway. They must have done something right in order to get where they are.
My other weekly post will consist of my own photography from personal assignments designed to ‘keep it (my work) fresh’. Like I said, I’m not in school. I don’t have a teacher to do this for me, so I need to do this myself. I need to do this to ensure my photography grows how I would like. And in order to do that, I need to make sure I keep shooting. Even if I don’t feel like it.
I really want this blog to be a place for exploration, growth, and creative expression. Yes, my motivation for setting up this structure is firstly for myself and my own growth. But I do hope that this blog could help provide or inspire that in others as well.