Status report (and a quiet open call)

Since my last post, I have been acting according to The Plan – and even though karma doesn’t seem to be on my side just yet, things are definitely happening.

A few months ago, I decided to learn the ins and outs of photobook creation and become a designer of those wonderful things myself. I had enough of organised training for a while, therefore I am going for self-study this time. I have been doing online courses at my own pace ever since and reading books that are related. I have been in the graphic design business for quite a while, but there is still so much to learn!

I’m also trying to become an intern at some place where I could pick up even more, on the job. Real life stuff. And this is the part of the deal that turned out to be truly difficult: I contacted several people I would love to learn from. A few of them replied to my emails, I even had a meeting, but it will take time to get any further. I knew it wouldn’t be a piece of cake to find an internship alongside the job I need to keep, but I for sure didn’t expect it to be this big of a challenge. I’m not going to give up though!

Now, I am toying with the idea of finding some photographers that wouldn’t mind trusting someone inexperienced handling their work. Should you know anyone that might be interested, do let me know.


Weekly This and That – W30

And here it comes, the list of articles not to miss:

  • Jörg M. Colberg’s Forms and Functions of Photobooks (Part 2) is ready for all the ones dreaming about creating their own photobook(s).
  • The winners of Pride Photo Award 2014. It really was a wonderful thing to be there with the jury.

Not new but an evergreen:

  • Kenneth Jarecke’s superb interview with Karen Mullarkey. Thank goodness there is a 2nd part, right here.

A project to watch:

  • Modern Day Slavery“A project of the NOOR Foundation intended to emphasize the urgency and visually address the issues at stake concerning slavery in our world today.”

Weekly This and That – W20

This week’s selection:

Weekly This and That – W16

I’ve been busy reinventing (rediscovering) myself in the last couple of months or so and I hope also this blog will be (much) more soon than these weekly posts. For the time being please see the links below to see what I found the most interesting in the world of photography this week:

Weekly This and That – W2

This week I have had pretty much time to browse the internet reading a lot on photography. It can be extremely frustrating that no matter how much time I invest it is simply impossible to read everything. I have learnt to let it go but it still surprises me every now and then…

If you did not have time/patience/interest to follow the world of photography in the last seven days but wouldn’t like to miss too much take a look at the following articles:

  • Remember The Photobook Guy? These are his latest thoughts on the photobook market.
  • Sensible and Pure Skin Photography by Silvia Conde. Shame on me I haven’t heard of this before!
  • In need of a grant? Extended deadline for students and members at FotoVisura.
  • Would you like to get featured? Andy Adams is your guy then. Check this out.
  • Invisible Portraits of Immigrants by Oscar Parasiego. Usually I don’t like this kind of stuff but this time… it just worked.

New Dutch Photography Talent 2014

Yesterday was the day of book launches. I made it to one of them, even though I wanted to go for another one much more. Anyway, the New Dutch Photography Talent 2014 came out so I finally got my hands on it. Here come the names I simply could not flip through:

There is more interesting stuff in there, sure, even though in general I prefer last year’s talents. Does buying the book make any sense? What it is great for is to see where we are headed and what sells these days (and in the near future). In a sense it’s essential. It is also good to find pictures you love so you can add some new names to the list of photographers to follow. For 24,95€ it’s a pretty good deal.