Under the “it seems so obvious now” category... Say what you will about the perils and pitfalls of social media, but one thing it helps foster is the building and nurturing of a photographic community. I have been practicing photography for almost 25 years, and for most of that time I lived in a photographic vacuum. I believed the only people that I needed to engage were potential buyers of my work. Not only the average Jane or Joe on the street, but also editors, publishers, etc. Why engage other photographers? Aren’t I in competition with them? They’re not going to buy my work, why approach them? Silly boy. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed at times.
Much of a nature photographer’s life is spent in solitude, some more than others depending on their choosing. That is one aspect I enjoy the most. My mistake was in regarding my audience solely as an avenue for promoting and advancing my photography business, a very narrow-minded viewpoint. I didn’t recognize the role other photographers could play in my growth. No one can empathize with the joys and frustrations of an artist’s life like a fellow artist. We learn from each other, bounce ideas off of one another, even collaborate on projects together. In time I have learned that my photographic experience is greatly enriched by getting to know those artists that share my sensibilities. And it only took me close to 25 years. #intimatelandscape #nature_lovers #ig_nature #inspiredbynature #creativeflow #monochrome #bwphotography #blackandwhitephotography #bwphoto #winterscene #nature_lover #wintertrees #monochromatic