Tuesday, 24 June 2008


Sometimes I feel like it would be easier just to close my eyes and go to sleep. Nothing sinister, it's just that sometimes sleep is so much more satisfying.

I had a really informative interview last week with a lovely woman from a magazine group. It had taken so long to actually get to meet someone who didn't just want my web address, that I was pretty excited. It pains me to say that my portfolio wasn't up to it, but sadly I think this was the case. Despite this I got some great advice about my portfolio. Basically, I had presented a really eclectic set of images, a mixture of portrait and still life, which I felt worked together. The advice I was given was to separate the two genres into different portfolios. She felt that seeing the two mixed together was too confusing and made the viewer forget the good images that they had seen as they were working too hard to process the mix.

This presents me with a dilemma which I really should have confronted before: I need to decide what kind of photography I want to specialise in. I need to commit.

Thursday, 12 June 2008


There's a lot to be said for loyalty. It's quite an old-fashioned word these days, but I believe that that some things are worth sticking at. I continue to follow through my allotment project, even though I have changed the cameras I use and my ideas about what to do with it. I keep submitting and uploading to agencies, despite very little recompense. And I count myself blessed to have friends who are gunning for me to make a success of freelancing and who go out of their way to help me. Thank you for being my true and loyal friends.

Something to remember:
It's supposed to be fun...

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Digital Karma

I have spent the last few weeks taking pretty much only digital shots - and I feel sullied. I am trying to build up a solid base of stock shots with Alamy, which means I need to take around 50 usable shots a week. There doesn't seem to be much room for anything else, what with sorting, resizing, uploading and keywording. Once I get to 1,000 shots I could step down a little I think. Still, I intend to fit in some Rollei shots this week to balance my karma.

Something to remember:
The sound of 14 close family members laughing, cheering and gently teasing each other.