What is my photographic journey and where will it lead? That’s not an easy question to answer, in part this is because I’m studying Photography because it interests me and, quite literally ‘for the fun of it’. As in a previous post I’m not interested in turning professional or setting up a business and trying to make a living from my Photographic practice. However, had I started to study Photography seriously 10-15 years ago then I may well have started on the journey towards become a Professional!
As I am currently in full time employment I’m not going to be looking for either an Internship or an Assistant-ship – even a period of work experience with another photographer would be problematic (in terms of available time).
What I can do though is to continue along my present course of being ‘a very interested practitioner’ looking to remain an amateur but, hopefully a knowledgeable and talented one.
However, one area I may ‘look at’ is that of providing workshops for local schools and Camera Clubs particularly in the area of ‘camera-less photography’ using cyanotypes, pinhole and non-permanent image making with photographic paper with scanning of the resulting images into a more permanent electronic form.
My interest in photography and my practice / attitude to the subject are probably best summarised by the comments made to Saul Leiter by Max Kozloff :-
‘Max Kozloff said to me one day – “You’re not really a photographer. You do photography, but you do it for your own purposes. Your purposes are not the same as others.” I’m not quite sure what he meant, but I like that, I like the way he put it’
Saul Leiter in All about Saul Leiter, pp 194
KAMEDA, E. (Ed), “All About Saul Leiter’. Thames & Hudson Ltd. London. 2018