"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."
By my fourth year in school, I was shooting every day and every night. I photographed every little thing – all my food, doorways covered in graffiti and my friends and roommates. I tortured my first boyfriend, Marc, by capturing each moment of our relationship. I was obsessed with documenting my life. So that’s my advice to you: Find something to be obsessed with, and then obsess over it. Don’t compete; find what’s uniquely yours. Take your experience of life and connect that with your knowledge of photographic history. Mix it all together, and create an artistic world that we can enter into
Listen to this speech by Ryan McGinley, it’s pretty great!
"I never went to college — I don’t believe in college for writers. The thing is very dangerous. I believe too many professors are too opinionated and too snobbish and too intellectual, and the intellect is a great danger to creativity … because you begin to rationalize and make up reasons for things, instead of staying with your own basic truth — who you are, what you are, what you want to be."
http://issuu.com/isagelb/docs/underdogs-issue_1 Here is the first issue of Underdogs, my own photography publication to feature photographers I love the work. There are so many that I think I’m going to publish 100 issues! There are no interviews. I decided to let artists free to write or not about themselves and/or their work. Next issue: october 2014. Enjoy!
Cool new publication by the very talented Isa Gelb!
I love listening to music while I scan my negatives. It’s a pretty mindless task but I guess I find it therapeutic. After all the anticipation, when a new image appears up on screen, it’s like a mystery revealed.