It’s been many years! If you are reading these words, there is a strong chance you have been following this blog for a while. Maybe some of you have been on this journey with me from the beginning, from my early travel and landscape photography. Others probably joined later when I posted my street photography work. I am grateful to have you all. In an era when the written word competes with 30-second viral videos, the former is on a losing streak from the start. Having said that, I deeply value the written word and its intellectual capacity. I accept fate.
Regardless of when you joined me on this journey you have probably noticed that it has been awfully quiet here in recent months. This lack of keyboard clicks doesn’t mean I‘ve been sitting on my laurels. Quite the opposite!
My friends often ask me why I don’t photograph as much as I used to. The answer is not simple which is perhaps why I have been avoiding writing the blog.
After months of pondering, the nature of my photographic life has changed quite dramatically. I am no longer a photographer per se. My photographer’s hat has expanded in a few noticeable directions – all unexpected but welcomed.
It started with my work on the Medium Format Magazine. The role of publisher and key curator was challenging and extremely demanding, but it allowed me to experience the photographic world from a different perspective. Then, the ELEMENTS Magazine came about through my close collaboration with Steven Friedman, accelerating the transition from photographer to curator, publisher, and writer. It has been crazy, good crazy few years.
A few days ago, as I was enjoying my morning coffee, I realized the transformative and prolific experience I’ve gained in the last few years. From a focus solely on personal photography, I became involved in the photographic industry at large. This meant conversing with the greatest photographers working today to chatting and exchanging ideas with some of the smartest people in the industry. I recall some amazing conversations, striking facts and many untold truths. Then it hit me hard. This whole journey should be written down. Why not share all these experiences and ideas which mingle in my head? Why not start a conversation about photography without fake frames imposed on us by current fashions? After all, this is a personal blog, and it should be viewed as such.
Regardless of whether you are a landscape or street photographer or just a lover of art and photography in general I hope you will remain on this journey with me. I am going to cover a much broader range of subjects and topics. Photography, publishing, relationships or the business of photography are all important topics, some of them strangely underrepresented in the current of photographic thought.
So, in the next few months I will share my images and the images of photographers I greatly admire. I may share a thought or two about current events, controversies of the day or forgotten keynotes. I will write about my journey from landscape photographer to travel and street and all the way back. I will describe some experiences of building a business and trying to stay afloat in an increasingly challenging and difficult industry. There are literally hundreds of ideas in my notebook – hopefully time will be gentle on me so I can ponder them here.
One day these accounts will form a much larger body of work and maybe even a book. The key command is START!
P.S. I would appreciate if you say hi in the comment section if you are reading this blog.