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We learn, we live. We fail, we evolve. We proceed, we evaluate. We feel, we gain. Between the logic there is a light and among us is a lot to share and learn from. When situations change we need to adapt, we simply need too. No matter what situation there is.

In photography learn not only from the great ones, but also those hardly noticed. Each and everyone matters. Visit museums, go to exhibitions (for the Dutch Foam in Amsterdam will exhibit work of William Klein in December), and read. Read books or magazines. For instance the Inspired Eye magazine which some of my friends put together with a lot of labour and love for photography. Go support them, instead of purchasing a new camera or lens.

Due to changes in my personal life I am considering to explore how I maybe can make money with photography. I thought about it more often, but it always came with hesitation and doubt. Am I good enough? Is it possible nowadays to earn enough money to make a living? Or should I start it part-time? What direction should I go? Will I remain passionate about photography? Many things to consider, very little answers to find except for the rational ones. Not everything need to be rationalized though…….

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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

19 thoughts on “Evolve

  1. Nicely expressed, about learning, living, failing, evolving. And about how we individually grow. I know that as a writer – which is my profession, my day job and, most of the time, my ongoing obsession, I learn, often, by reading other writers. Well, actually, that’s a process I have been doing for a long time….all of my life, since from long before I ‘knew’ I wanted to write. Reading others’ words….teaches me, inspires me, sometimes depresses me. There’s an old adage – ‘good writers imitate, great writers steal’ – and there’s truth in that. I think as a photographer – something I’ve done avidly at different periods or phases of my life, sometimes more intensely and obsessively, sometimes not as much (and, yes, on a few brief occasions, in a professional capacity, to earn money or my living), there’s a similar process of learning: I learn most….studying the work of others. And, yes, there are always technical aspects too. Studying the nature of light and lighting, of exposure, of how different film stocks react or behave (back in the analog days) or, in our present era, the differing characteristics and responses of various sensors – all of that can help, especially if one is so inclined. But the bottom line, for me, is – I learn from others. Writers. Or photographers.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. And good-luck with your questions. The one which I can definitely answer, having looked at quite a bit of your work – over many ‘posts’ and images and photographs – is whether you are ‘good enough’? The answer to that is a simple and resounding: ‘YES’.

    1. Thank you for your thorough reply Miguel. You sound passionate in what you do which is inspiring. They say: “Just follow the light”. I guess more than ever it is applicable now.

  2. You can be a good photography teacher, and i’m sure that part of world would want one. I’d definitely try it or do it for fun if somehow earned publicity. You got lots of fans, and Ricoh’s photokina feature. That’s your bargaining chip, enough as a start. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the heads up Alan. Motivation is a good drive, but certainly gets hindered by doubts and fear. It is like you know how to swim, but you jump into unknown deep waters from a great height.

  3. Had the same thoughts coming up recently: How to make some money with something I love doing? Don’t know the answer yet but I do know I have to get it on my agenda instead of just thinking loosly about it.


      1. It’s like in Judo or Aikido now:

        Accept the force, don’t stand in its way, redirect it effortless (pun intended) and give it any direction you like.


  4. I am having same questions as you. How to go about it? What shall I do next? Those questions pop up in my head too. I think no matter what you have to have the courage to just make that step. Good luck =)

  5. Interesting post – pictures and words. I too am about to embark on a new adventure which has uncertainty involved and which is full of new experiences and challenges. The key thing is possibly not how good you are (you are a very good photographer) but what opportunities exist for you to make money from your skills. I’ve met many very talented creative people who have no idea or skill at making money from their talent.

    Possibly start slowly and build up from a good base. Keep some security in a more ‘normal’ job at first but start to shift your focus towards the new venture. I’m never a fan of the all or nothing approach, but others will say the opposite! : ) Depends on the individual and both ways can work. Good luck anyway!

  6. I wish you well with your venture, Wouter. If anyone has the talent to succeed at making a living from photography, it has to be you.

    Three years ago I thought I could derive an income from my photography but so far it has proved elusive, partly because fear and doubt held me back. Now I have the added burden of reduced financial circumstances and it looks even more unattainable. At the moment, photography is fulfilling a far more important role, serving as a kind of therapy to take my mind off my situation and the uncertain future I face.

    I fully agree with the previous poster that if you can transition from a “normal” job or source of income to one based on photography that would be an optimum situation. Trying to be creative under stress or worry is not very productive.

    The key lies in marketing and finding a niche in the market that you can readily fill. And as the previous poster pointed out, a lot of creative people, and I include myself, are pretty hopeless when it comes to marketing.

    I am sure you will research the matter thoroughly and armed with that knowledge will set off on the road to deserved success.

    Over the years that I have followed your blog and become familiar with your photographic work, I have always been struck by the good sense you talk about photography. Some form of lecturing or teaching is another option to consider. A stroll photography workshop could be a good starting point.

    Do keep us posted on your progress, Wouter. And good luck!

    1. I get filled with doubts and uncertainties too. I need photography, like you, as a therapy too. Somewhere I need to draw a line and I am not sure whether I want to jeopardize my photography to turn it into a business. And I suck at markerting too. Take care Calvin.

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