After more than two years of helping David duChemin build and maintain the social media profile for Craft and Vision, the time has come for me to shift my focus. Today is my last day tweeting and facebooking and posting on the C&V Community Blog as “Craftina”, sharing educational how-to information with many new and enthusiastic photographers. In my time with Craft and Vision, I saw many changes in the social media landscape and it was difficult to keep pace marketing a brand while at the same time trying to grow personally as a photographer. In some ways the two were at odds and I knew that I needed to make a choice if I was to progress on my journey.
Photography can be a lonely pursuit but I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with some wonderful people who have grown with me along the way. I’m excited to have more time to spend on some personal projects I’ve been working on as well as giving more attention to Rear Curtain where I work with three amazing photographers, Matthew Connors, Stuart Sipahigil and Ray Ketcham. We hope you will take a look at the stories from around the world in Issue 2 from American Rodeo (USA) to Quiet at Home (Poland) to The Luthier (Spain) to Sabong (The Philippines) and finally Searching for the Perfect Pot (China). Make sure you watch that space for an exciting announcement coming up next week.
My more immediate plans are to spend time at ART (the Artists Round Table) in Port Townsend at the end of this month. We’ve had a wonderful response to this year’s offering and even after the final participants were selected, we continued to receive enquiries about attending. If all goes well, we hope to host another ART soon. Of course my website is in sad need of updating especially after being hacked two weeks ago. That will be my focus following the ART weekend.
One thing that won’t be changing is my continued association with the Bangkok Photo School. The world that creates the insatiable demand for a social media presence is also one that enables me to work for the school from here in Vancouver. I love meeting new students (albeit virtually) and working with Gavin Gough has been a pleasure although he can be quite demanding (just kidding Gavin!). If you don’t already know about Gavin’s work, check out his latest post from Ethiopia. Later this year, I plan to travel to Bangkok and China–my first big trip since my safari in 2010–and instead of spending a day here and there like on many photo tours, my hope is to spend some dedicated time in one or two places.
I’d like to end this post by thanking David duChemin for the opportunity he gave me more than two years ago. Working for David, I learned a few things about what it takes to build and sustain a community, how to engage and keep an audience, but most of all I learned that you need to do whatever you must to follow your own dreams.