Clicks Of The Trade

Vastness seems to be the way of today’s world; vast portals, with huge reach, large networking provisions and unlimited opportunities. Over 2.1 billion people today are connected in a gigantic network using the social media forums; which makes them the best place to display art and photography in an effective manner.

When discussing chancing upon the right opportunity using social media, eight talented young photographers working with the Legatum Foundation  come to mind. They bumped into each other on Twitter and travelled 53,000 miles to 8 countries to document the remarkable work of social entrepreneurs who have impacted about 11 million lives over the last three years, naming it Project Rise . Post-exhibition, the photographs have been used to make a photo documentary album called Rise.

Eric Lafforgue’s use of Fotopedia has been similarly commendable. After leaving the world of multimedia editing, he took up photography as a hobby in 2006 while he was in Ethiopia and put up his culturally awakening shots on Flickr and Fotopedia. Today he has a vast range of publications to his name, including National Geographic and Time Magazine and is well on his way to being an acclaimed professional photographer.

When said photography networking using social media, the Plus One Collection Magazine of February this year comes to mind. Photographs collected from more than 500 photographers using Google+. The proceeds from the sales of the book  go to an organization named Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

The pool of talent that literally lies a click away is huge. Talent doesn’t seem enough in an age where everyone owns a D-SLR until you’re focused with that camera. Photoessays are fast becoming a popular fad of most people today; which is mostly what my next post will be about.

With so much photography happening online, I’m left wondering, “How far can you click using the web?”

Would love to hear what all the talented photographers have to say about that.

– Ayesha
Tiny Tallenger

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5 thoughts on “Clicks Of The Trade

  1. Prerna says:

    The case-studies are insightful. Here is how social media is impacting talented photographers! Good post.

  2. My personal story follows those lines… I started back in 2007 on Flickr, using a little Canon Powershot A630, shooting everything i saw. Seems like I was bottoming out financially. As my connections grew, and my photos improved and many of them landed on Explore, a time came when my little camera was dying and a Flickr friend across the world sent me money to get a better camera. I began making cards to sell, and as more and more sold at local Saturday Markets, it was time to add new items such as Metal Prints, and Photography books and calendars.

    I am still low end, but amazed at how it is growing slow but sure.

    Your article is inspiring and gave me things to think about!

    Darlisa Black

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