Camera Position 46 : Passion & Profession

This episode of Camera Position is about combining passion with profession. We need to photograph what we love, but we also can’t lead an insular life; we need to be out there, casting our lines into the river of photographic experiences.

This week, March 15 to 18, is the Society for Photographic Education conference in Miami, FL. If you live near Miami, you really should consider attending this event. There are day passes available for non-members of the organization and it’s a great way to meet a large number of like-minded folks, see some fabulous photography and hear some inspirational and interesting speakers.

Society for Photographic Education (SPE)

If you do happen to come, please stop by the presentation I’ll be giving on Friday morning entitled “Teaching Your Students, Teaching The World: Podcasting In Photographic Education” where I’ll be talking about the “hows and whys” of Podcasting, attempting to get more of my teaching colleagues involved in this exciting medium.

I’ll be podcasting the presentation, of course, so stay tuned for that in the next week or so.

A Podcast Listener (courtesy of Paul Strand)

A Podcast Listener, courtesty of Paul Strand

Mary Virginia Swanson - Website If you can’t make it to the conference, you may be interested in attending an excellent seminar (which is open to the general public) to be presented on Sunday March 18 from 1 to 5 by the noted photo marketing expert Mary Virginia Swanson. Entitled “FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE: An Introduction to Marketing your Photographs,” Mary Virginia will be talking about how to place your work in front of people who will be able to help get you more visibility.

MV Swanson working with a photographer

Mary Virgina Swanson working with a photographer

Regardless of these opportunities, a quote by photographer Ralph Steiner reminds us that it’s important to photograph what matters:

Ralph Steiner Photograph

Photograph by Ralph Steiner

“Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity; be intensly yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success;don’t try to do pictures for others to look at- just please yourself.”

-Ralph Steiner, A Point of View