Myrna Kresh, has 30 years of experience working with emerging and established photographers. Formerly the Executive Director of the Advertising Photographers of New York, Myrna energized and expanded APNY’s Assistant and Emerging Photographer Programs and has a profound understanding of what it really takes to make it as a pro. Myrna is an industry insider, producing and representing visual artists, in their commercial and personal projects.
Dear Right Moves,
I couldn’t help but notice, while I was taking a photography seminar in Maine recently, that the majority of young photographers I meet are not particularly informed about anything other than new photography techniques. I “get it” about immersing myself in my craft, but at what point does this immersion become isolated self-absorption. Is it even possible to keep up with everything old and new about photography and still be an informed and involved participant in a bigger life outside of photography?
Myopic in Toronto
Short answer to your question is ‘YES” it is possible to keep up with everything photographic and still be informed.
It begins with a morning newspaper. Rushing to get back to work? Read the front page or digital edition of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and check out The New Yorker. Go to museums at least once a week. Take one trip out of the state or country each year. Go to the movies at least once a week. Attend at least 3 concerts a year of any kind of music you like or even better maybe music you’re less familiar with such as classical, blues, or reggae. Learn how to meditate, how to calm your mind so that inspiration may grow. Be generous. If you do any or all of these exercises you will be a better photographer and a more interesting person. Promise.
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