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My resolution for 08 is to become a better photographer.

I wish this was motivated by some high-minded artistic impulse or was part of a vast self-improvement crusade, but the truth is much more practical. Basically, I’ve come to understand that in the televisual, internetual, mobile phonial culture of century 21, it’s almost impossible to make a reasonable living as a freelance writer without providing your own images.

As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. I recently found that this is literally the case when an architecture magazine approached me to write a 1000-word review of some exhibition. When I told them the fee was too low, they tried to sweeten the deal by explaining that I could double my reward by taking a photo or two. If a photo was used as a full spread, I’d make almost triple.

Of course I appreciate and admire great photography and all that photographers do to promote understanding and curiosity and horniness in this old world of ours. I don’t think just anyone can do it or even that I can do it necessarily. But in a case as lopsided as this, when you can routinely spend a couple weeks researching, considering, and articulating a story, only to see some joker with a Nikon D-80 show up and spend an afternoon taking snapshots of the locations you scouted and the contacts you made and turn around and get payed almost twice as much as you, then something has got to give. So, as I see it, there are only two options: start selling photos or accept status quo and internalize the deep feelings of inferiority that it inspires.

To get the ball rolling, I’ve made it a policy to take a least one photo a day in ’08. I’m going to post the first month of progress on here, and let’s see how it goes… Since we’re already two weeks into January, I’m getting a late start on the posting thing, so I’m gonna backtrack. From here I’ll update on the daily….

Today:
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13/1:
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12/1:
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11/1:
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10/1:
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09/1:
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08/1:
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07/1:
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06/1:
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05/1:
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04/1:
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03/1:
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02/1:
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01/1:
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