• Being a successful photographer is about doing things that are different • Photograph by Joe McNally
Work hard – do things to get noticed.
OK, it is not as simple as that. But it is a time-honoured route to success. Famous photographers go for the stunning shot. The video shows a world class photographer going to extraordinary lengths to get the shot. And, he certainly does that. Wow. Stomach churning stuff.
I just had to show you this video for its sheer tenacity. Joe McNally is an exceptional and successful photographer. He is also, after many years in the business, still getting the shots. This is the stuff that impressive photography is about. This personal project is how people like him stay at the top of the photography business… and the top of the world – literally.
Climbing the Burj Khalifa (The World’s Tallest Building)
And, sometimes it’s like we are never going to get there. We are on the edge of success yet we never seem to tip the balance. At times like this it helps to know we are not alone.
This video is not directly aimed at photographers, but the message conveyed is valid for us. In this short video Ira Glass, broadcaster, author and story-teller, explains about the gap between aspiration and achievement…
As photographers we fall into the same traps to which all other creative people succumb. The weak willed give up, no matter how much time and effort they have put in. The mediocre will carry on doing what they did before. The persistent will look at the situation and try to find ways through.
For my part, I urge you to be thankful for each image you make. If it doesn’t make the grade, you have set yourself standards that push the boundaries. Good! If you are wilful, each not-quite-success builds your strength and character. Aspire to improve with every shot. Eventually, you will get there. The more you put in, the quicker it will be.
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