My favourite internet finds and blog posts of 2012
I consider 2012 as the “prep year” for the rest of my life. It’s the year that I discovered what I really wanted to do, researched a lot, and built the courage and confidence to really go for it in 2013. I read some things that were brilliant and inspiring, and which took me in a new direction or just made me think more about what I was doing. So I thought I’d share a few of my favourite finds from 2012 with you. Maybe you’ll find them inspiring too. In no particular order…
- The truth about the “rockstar economy” by Spencer Lum
I “discovered” Spencer Lum last year and his wonderfully insightful and inspirational writing. This post made me realise that I need to stop focussing on what other (successful) photographers are doing and concentrate on my own journey.
- What would you do if you had nothing to lose? by Spencer Lum
You may discover a bit of a theme here (I’m not stalking Spencer Lum, honestly!) But here, Spencer talks about not looking to the past as that’s what holds us back from moving forward. Instead, look to the future and focus on working towards your goals.
- Silver and Light video by Ian Ruhter
Upon seeing this video, I knew with absolute certainty that this is what I wanted to do. This was where my life choices had led me. I probably won’t ever build a camera in a van, but this totally, TOTALLY amazing video got me started with wet plates. Even if you’re not interested in wet plates, or photography, you HAVE to watch this video.
- When should someone hang it up and for what reasons? by Zack Arias
Last year I was extremely confused. I felt like I was putting my last breaths into something that was slowly killing me. This post by Zack made me realise that it’s OK to say goodbye and then to re-enter the photography world under my own terms.
- We Are Nature: New Multiple Exposure Portraits by Christoffer Relander on Colossal
I was introduced to this wonderful work by my lovely friend Ria. His amazing double exposures made me realise that I should experiment more.
- The photography business and the American dream by Laurence Kim
I don’t have (serious) aspirations to become a millionaire (OK, so I do play the lottery every Saturday…) But I do want to earn my financial freedom. To have enough money to be able to live the life I want and enough to enable me to use my time to give back to the world. This post made me realise that I have to think bigger than I was to live this dream.
- The Hit List: 13 Things Crucial For Your Success [In Any Field] by Chase Jarvis
Chase had me at #1 – “Get shit done”. My philosophy for 2013. Stop just reading, just planning, just get out there and do it.
And because every post must include a photograph, here’s one from last autumn.
21 January 2013