Well, I’m going to try and keep this short. In one of my classes today we were talking about emergent technology and the process of evolution and adoption into society. I don’t exactly remember the course of the discussion that brought my thoughts to the photography industry, but I did eventually end up there.
Now, I think of myself as a pretty decent photographer and I would like to think that the possibility exists for me to make a living creating images. However, it seems that everywhere you look people are talking about how bad the situation is in the photography industry and how the future is looking pretty grim.
For me, I don’t think I would choose to exist in any other moment of time. Things are changing. Staff photography jobs are declining. Printed publications are struggling. Is all of this true? Sure.
Every publication that closes it doors just increases the number of opportunities out there. People’s interest in the content hasn’t diminished. People’s interest in paying $5 for a book full of ads and information that’s over a month old has diminished.
Yes, things are changing and everyone knows how much humans hate change. However, it’s not the end of the world, it’s actually the beginning of a new one. So, take a step back. Don’t focus on the content of what’s happening. Take a deep breath and take a look at the effects of what’s happening. Then ask yourself “What do I want to do?”.
Now go do it.