When Mike Bowen ran through Constitution Gardens and down to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, he completed his goal of running 58,282 miles — one mile for each name on the wall.
And that is where I will begin my personal photography project, Warriors at the Wall.
In today’s episode, I practice what I preach. We will talk about how you can create a personal photo project, but it won't be just theory. I will use the framework to create on a photo project for myself.
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I dreamed I bumped into a younger version of myself.
It was me from college, the guy taking his first photography class. I saw the younger me in the French Quarter working on a photo assignment, so I stopped to say hello.
I wanted to tell him to stick with that photography thing. It works out in the end. You'll end up teaching right here. But before I could say that, younger me asked a question.
"Based on what you know now, what helpful advice can you share?"
Good question. Here's what I told younger me. Come to think of it, this advice is just as useful for me, the old guy, too.
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As a bonus, I am also sharing a selection of an interview with gallery owner Cory Woods. I interviewed Cory several years ago during a photography webinar. Many of his insights back then are valuable in this context.
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It took almost a year for Bridget Murray Law to finally agree that it was time to hang her photos.
It's not like she shouldn't have known. Bridget is an accomplished Washington, DC street photographer who loves to document the transformation in many of the local neighborhoods. She has even attracted an Instagram following of more than 5,000 fans.
But she didn't think she was ready.
"As a photographer, you’re always going after the perfect shot. A lot of times I don’t think of my photos as a collection. I’m always going after the next perfect shot."
Her fiancee, Gary Nabors, knew better.
He said, "why don’t you look at what you have already done?"
After a year of pushing Bridget to do a show, she relented.
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Some people might go to their local bookstore to find books. Others might go to read magazines or sip coffee.
Steve Rosenbach went to his local bookstore to hang a photography show. But he didn't stop there. He hung shows at a local library, a city hall, and a camera club.
In fact, after more than six photography shows, he has learned a few tricks. In our interview, he shares what works and doesn't and how you might hang a photography show in one of your neighborhood businesses.
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