Street Photography, Social Media and Confidence.
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Many thanks to all of you who filled out my survey. It would appear the site is running fast enough and that I please some of you some of the time (but not all of you all of the time!). There were a few respondents who stated they would like to write a guest post. If you have an idea for a submission, then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secondly, some of you told me you were having problems following me. The easiest way is to follow me via email. Look to the right for the link. I would love to have you along for the ride!
Clothing Repair Man, Bangkok.
This week in Pictures
- ‘Keepers’ taken since last blog post = 5
- Silly mistakes made while taking photos = 2
(Mistake number 1, I thought my new Olympus 17mm 1:8 lens was playing up. However, I had left the camera in continuous focus mode. Mistake number 2, the best sunset ever appeared from where I was sitting on the balcony. I ran to get my camera, set up the picture and took the shot. My memory card was still in the computer. Oops.
- Weight loss = 1.5kg (OK, I know that is not photography related, but good all the same).
Being Brave and Social Media
You need a degree of bravery to be a Street Photographer. Why? You are working with strangers, and you don’t know how they will react to having their photo taken. However, it is not the photography that I am choosing to write about here. Instead, I want to talk about social media and address the way that we all put ourselves out there for others to judge. When we post something to a site, we are not physically brave as there is no threat of violence. Instead, this form of bravery relates to personal vulnerability. When you post a photo, you ask the world to look at you. Here are some of my insecurities when posting online.
- Am I posting too much?
- Am I posting too little?
- Are these photos being posted on too many/ too few sites?
- Should I have included a watermark?
- Should I add my website URL when posting? (This really upsets some people. Why?)
“The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco-Chanel
Thinking aloud is what we do as artists. However, we are programmed to have self-doubts. How can we get over these thoughts? Here is what one author has to say on the subject.
“…to create you have to take a leap of faith; not just in yourself, but also in your fellow man. You have to trust the world to judge you fairly. Yes, you will receive criticism. And yes it will hurt. Sometimes a lot.”
(Gompertz, 2015, p.162)*
People are different and will have different worries when posting online. My advice here is to play to your strengths. I am fortunate in that I am confident in the photos I post. One way to gain confidence in your work comes from sharing and discussing your art with experts, who can provide relevant guidance and feedback.
Night Market, Bangkok
The Successful Artist
Remember, all artist have failed. When you get knocked back, you stand alongside The Beatles, David Bowie, and Claude Monet. Don McCullin, possibly the most famous war photographer ever, failed his photography theory exam for the RAF. Art establishments mocked Banksy for years, but now these institutions will pay a fortune for his work.
If you do feel anxious about posting to social media? Why not share your thoughts and experiences. Often these things are made easier through sharing. And remember, have faith in humanity to judge you well, as in my experience, most people do.
Keep Clicking, Chris
Finally – As part of my site re-vamp, I have added pages of photos taken in China and Thailand. Have a snoop, the links are below.
* Quote taken from Gompertz, W (2015) Think Like and Artist, Penguin
I didn’t notice the survey for some reason – but definitely a big thumbs up from me on the blog! Interesting posts, and impressive images … inspiring me to catch up and do better things!
Be interesting to see how the guest post idea pans out too.
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Thanks mate, although it looks like you are keeping pretty busy yourself. I may need to bend your ear regarding a film camera, as I have just been given a six-20 Brownie. It’s going to be a challenge!
Great photos mate, congrats one losing some weight as well.
I ask myself similar questions all the time and I struggle to answer them. I post about 3 to 4 times a week on IG, very infrequently on G+ (not sure why) but have decided to improve my blogging.
If you come up with an answer to your questions (and the ideal time to post on any social media platform) please let me know.
Great shots, I am liking your street photos and I can imagine it would take a bit of confidence to let it flow naturally! One of the hardest parts certainly is calming down the voice of self-doubt, looks like you’re off to a great start!
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Thanks allthethingsliz. Loving what you do certainly helps! A start is a good place to be!
Hey Chris, Valerie Jardin did a podcast on this once with a guest speaker. Posting at least once a day is optimal but more than 3 times a day is too much. Also I post to 3 types of Social Media, G+, FB and IG, mainly because I find more than 3 types of Social media too much effort. I don’t use a watermark but a great idea is to post your website link as a watermark. I always post a link to my website, it allows people to find my blogs and images. Lastly A Street Photography Blog collection on G+ is a good way that people can follow you without signing up for emails, once you have created a collection you can move any public post into this collection. There are no hard and fast rules, just what works for you. Great images as always in your China and Thailand links. Cheers T
Thanks for the comment regarding my photos. I do add my posts to a G+ blog page, which is growing all the time. The most important thing is for blogs and social media to not take over the importance of capturing great images! Posting every day would mean taking a lot of great photos, maybe it is time to work on my hit rate! Worldstreetphotography (W-S.P) is another site worth looking at and posting to.
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