It’s Time for a Project
One of my favorite phrases in photography is quality over quantity. What I have noticed in my photography days is a lot of photographers have some great images but not a great body of work. This includes me as well. I don’t want to sound cocky but I do think I have some rather strong images but I can’t put the images together and make a project.
The reason why some photographers have great images but not great projects is because of photo dumping sites. Now I have already went on a rant about it but it’s true. For beginning photographers, I suggest dumping photos because it might be the only way to get noticed. For experienced photographers, go for a great body of work. Start a project and go with it. Don’t expect to be done in one day, put some thought and effort into it.
For instance, when I am not doing street photography, I like to photograph products in a studio. I had some strong images but it wasn’t consistent. It doesn’t show potential clients that I can really “work” the product. To show I can “work” a product a did a faux ad campaign for watches. I had some images with just the product and some images with people using the product. At the end, I had a strong ad campaign with a total of seven images.
I think if street photographers work on projects it will mean more to you and the viewer. It’s more than just “look at these two or three images I got today.” Projects can send a message and invoke thoughts in viewers or even shade light on a subject that they weren’t aware of before. And you yourself start seeing things you haven’t noticed before.
Stop dumping photos and start a project. Look at other examples of projects and modify it. Or do the exact some project to help get those wheels in your brain turning. This world has enough single photographs, what it needs is finished quality projects.