Photographers Meet Up / Portrait / TIME WITH INTERESTING PEOPLE

Smoke

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Nick Riley a very talented portrait and documentary photographer.

We talked about the challenges we faced as working photographers and advice we had been given.

“Authorship is the only thing that you can bring to the market. Travel photography is a dying art: everyone can own a camera and travel is easier. Do what inspires you and tread your own path.”

Slightly daunting comment Nick advised, but I think we all knew that the stereotype of ‘starving artist’ came from somewhere. Really it is quite positive.

We talked about living in the moment, not becoming someone else’s photography lackey aka doing jobs your heart isn’t in just for money if you don’t have to.

We talked about upcoming projects, travelling, other passions and ate raw carrot cake.

Oh, and of course we had cameras which we experimented with. I love photographing at photographer meet ups: no pressure the chance to experiment at leisure with people that really like photography.

We spied a shisha place and I have always wanted to sit and just play with light and smoke and faces. So that is what we did. We roped a couple of victims into our efforts: thank you Charles and Zamzam!

They were great and we got talking.

Zamzam gave me this amazing link to a photographer who also writes. His blog is called Humans of New York and he is a street photographer taking portraits of New Yorkers and asking them questions which he includes with the photographs. Love this marriage of the two.

Today was a great reminder that people are pretty great and to carry on and follow the dreams and projects I had set up for 2013. For the end of 2012 the project is Diana Calendar 2013 time which you can order here.

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