Wait a minute…you’ll see what I mean. Do something worthwhile.
The world doesn’t need another photographer. It needs people who care. It needs people with a mission.
We need more people who want to do something worthwhile. I don’t mean we need more photographers who build orphanages either. You spend years getting to the place the education system told you that you should be at by the time you’re 40 and you realise you’ve achieved what you were told you wanted, and you think ‘Great, what now?’ What are you going to do now that’s worthwhile? How are you going to affect and influence others, you’ve got some time up your sleeve…you can still exert yourself and make a difference.
What’s the mission?
It turns out that ‘just being famous on the internet’ isn’t a job description. So. What’s the mission? I don’t want to build orphanages in Cambodia either. There’s millions of people who want to be a famous photographer. So photography is great. I’d say money and time spent on traveling, not things, is the best I’ve spent. Being able to show my children places that they may not even remember fully when they grow up has been an honor and a privilege, it’s the experience and the immersion that enriches us in unpredictable ways. Often things seem negative during the event, but moving on and away from opposition is a teacher. We grow and prosper in the teeth of some pretty fearful circumstances. My role from here is to write about the places and the people in a way that sparks some meaning for everyone. A writer lets reader create their own pictures. The pictures people create for themselves always mean more to them. If I can spark some creativity…maybe an urge to take a risk and just experience something then I’m happy. I don’t even know what the outcomes will be but experience tells me it’ll work out. Writing for the win.
If the label fell off, how would people know it was me?
‘Five keys to developing a strong tone of voice’ is written in marketese but it speaks about voice. (Ann Handley is excellent, not just all marketing) Some of you may think you’ve picked a voice, and I’ve often considered writing in different voices…yeah…nah… it turns out to be counter productive. I don’t wear a voice like a uniform, that’s something else. A voice should be always adapting, yet instantly recognisable…
…like when we hear each others voice on the phone and not get lost in the digital age which serves no purpose if it doesn’t serve us.