“For Artists, Even Paid Jobs Should Be ‘Personal'” (excerpt)

Photo by Kwaku Alston, from his series "Volkslivin." Click image to see more.

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In a new column for Agency AccessThe Lab, creative consultant Louisa Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises talks about the importance of personal work to a photographer’s growth, success, and happiness. “I think it’s a shame that photographers have separated what they love from what they do for a living,” she writes. “I met a photographer once who was so busy ‘working’ he had not shot anything for himself in years, literally years! That was very sad to me.”

She goes on to spotlight a number of photographers who avidly shoot for themselves: Chris Buck, Chris Crisman, Landon Nordeman, and Kwaku Alston. “Kwaku is known for beautiful celebrity portraiture, but he is also a social documentarian,” Louisa notes, “and it was important to him to hit the streets and document something that was close to home – literally. In his case, that was Venice Beach, California. Kwaku really wanted to show something from his ongoing personal project ‘Venice,’ and I loved it so much, I used a second image in my article – a red Volkswagen van…who doesn’t love a VW van, right?”

For the full version of her column, go here. And to see some of the many personal projects by Stockland Martel‘s photographers, go here.

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