(photo by Matt Roth)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I went up to to New York City for a work trip. My friends at Luceo were having a gallery opening at 25CPW so I used them as an excuse to see editors. Jess’s college friends Michael and Megan let me stay at their house in Norwalk, CT. That train ride is pretty long — like an hour — but really easy. …well, except when you’re rushing to catch the 1:18am train, and getting in at 2:30-ish in the morning. It’s even worse when the cab fare (with tip) is more than the train fare. But I was finally able to put face to e-mail address with the editors at The New York Times who’ve given me a bunch of work in the past. And thanks to Ilene Belovin, from AARP Bulletin, Kendrick and David from Luceo, I was also introduced to Deb Dragon and Sacha with Rolling Stone. And I set up a meeting with them that Friday. — which really worked out because my original Friday meeting fell through.
The biggest lesson I learned from this weekend is the power of personal projects. When you get to a certain level in photography — especially if you have a photojournalism background — you get to the point where your portfolio is good. You’ve shot enough in your life to really showcase excellent ASSIGNMENT work. Here’s the rub… Your competition also has excellent ASSIGNMENT work. But what they don’t have is your perspective. Some people call it “vision,” “style,” …”thang.” The way we see and interact with the world and the way we think about what we’re interested in are what will set us apart from our competition — nay! PEERS.