I’m lost….

I took a break from blogging for the past few weeks while I get my head straightened out about photography and this whole industry and what it has become.  My how things have changed over the years.  I was still holding out and hoping things could work out for me, but I really don’t think they will.  At least not in the way I was planning for them to go.

Magazines, or should I say “magazines” don’t pay anymore and are publishing crap content.  Terrible photography with models who are willing to bare all.  Wow, how creative.  Too much of this crap out there, so honestly I’m not shooting it anymore.  They don’t want to pay me or the model so why would I do it?  Work hard so they get the credit?  No, not for me.

I decided to look for work as a photographer, see what was out there, want to know what I found?  Porn.  Yep, the most upfront and honest job offer I got was in porn.  Not even bad porn, just naked women looking provocative.  But what I noticed was that the types of photos they wanted me to shoot were barely more risque than the “fashion nudes” requested by these other magazines for free.  And it pays really well!  It looks like the time has come when the adult industry now has more integrity than the fashion industry in LA.

Honestly, I turned down the job, it wasn’t for me and I don’t think my style of shooting would fit in too well.  The money sounded amazing, but I don’t think I can “let go of the artist” as they said I would need to do.  I enjoy what I do but I need to focus more on art and less on business.  So where does this leave me?  Not a clue, luckily I’m still booking clients who like what I do and like the artsy stuff.  But if that runs dry….. well I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Charlie by The Average Jim