There is a lot of interpretation open in this little short film. However one thing is clear: being another cog in the wheel of life is the worst way to live.
Something I seldom do, or let me rather say, have the time to do, is post things that REALLY stand out to me. I’ve sat myself down & gave a stern talking. Yes, once again I had allowed myself to get so distracted with the urgent, it overshadowed the important.
So that said, I’m going to try make a point of just quickly posting things on the blog that either really caught my eye and do a blog post on jobs as often as possible. I wouldn’t want you thinking I had fallen off the planet & wasn’t shooting on a super regular basis. :)
Let’s begin with this one that literally blew me away. The compositions especially mixed with the deep light/shadow play is just sublime. It’s not very often you come across work that is this strong -especially from a teenager. It does go to show that it really is all about the eye behind the camera. Fan Ho, the photographer, arrived in Shanghai in 1949. He was fascinated with the street life of Shanghai, which set him apart, as the norm was studio photography. You can find more of his work here: Fan Ho : A Hong Kong Memoir
We often forget the years of work BEHIND us when we’re looking ahead (or currently) making an ounce of success (that feels amazing). That being said, it is hard to put ones finger on how to help those who are on the starting blocks, the bottom of the steps, those building the scaffolding on an empty plot. This little very short video helps & is for those. If you’re someone that follows my work & feels despondent, this is for you.
Taken from an article from News24
Today, I was told that freelancers should charge less because ‘you’re not a business’. While any other freelancers out there will understand why I didn’t feel the need to dignify this with a response, it did get me thinking about a few things that these kinds of clients would do well to consider:
1. Freelancers do not ‘build’ the cost of office coffee, parking spaces and printer cartridges into the cost of your project. That means we can’t hide poor work behind Nespressos and swivelly boardroom chairs.
2. Freelancers do not arrive at work late, take 9 smoke breaks before noon, enjoy an extended lunch break, and then leave early because of that one day last month when they worked an extra hour.
3. Freelancers do not take fake sick days/personal days/Skrillex days that cost you money because your project has been delayed.
4. When freelancers get into bed at night, they get into bed with YOUR project. When they wake up, they wake up with YOUR project. And when they eat, or see their friends, or go to a movie, they’re thinking about YOUR project. In fact, it’s easier to work on your project than attempt to do anything else that’ll just be plagued by thoughts of your project.
5. Freelancers cannot shift accountability to project managers, team leaders or copy editors when a project is late, lacking in quality or just plain shit.
6. Freelancers cannot produce crap. If they do, they can’t eat. Which is crap.
7. Freelancers are good at what they do. Often, they’re the best. That’s how they’ve managed to become freelancers and still pay the bills. In a ‘business’ environment, the crappy workers are hidden by the project managers, the Nespresso machines and the photo-quality paper that your invoice has been printed on. And they’ve probably been assigned to your project.
8. Freelancers aren’t just going to ‘get their salaries’ regardless of how they’ve performed during the month. If they spend their days monkeying around, they get peanuts.
9. Freelancers don’t take sick days; they seldom take leave (without their laptops) and they don’t turn in projects late. This is because they usually have really tough bosses who don’t let them rest until their work is done.
Of course, there are plenty of businesses that offer good service without ripping their clients off. But when it comes to freelancers, it’s hard to find one who’s going to miss deadlines, produce rubbish or cheat you in any way, because our entire livelihoods ride on our ability to do a damn good job.
So think about all this the next time you want to ‘knock down’ our prices, or ask us if that’s ‘the best you can do’. Have a little respect – being FREElancers doesn’t mean we work for free.
Hi Folks! A quick one for your Friday afternoon before winding down for the weekend (a good start for a lot of these pointers!). Having myself just come to the end of what was the busiest 3 months of my working life to date, many of these pointers are going up on my studio wall! Time to do some things for myself to get my creative “soul” mojo replenished.
I’m adding a #30 to this list: Enjoy your hobby (other than photography). For me, thats some carpentry. I’ve designed a coffee table for both the studio & my home. Will be taking a few days off to make that. Whats your hobbies & which of these pointers are you applying in your life?
It is integral to any kind of freelancer that they be able to be found. It is big business when it comes to directories of service providers of all kinds. One in particular, The Whole Lot Directory is known as being the bible of the media industry. Being around for 19 years (going on 20) does go a long way in being a reputable one-stop directory. While I didn’t have a listing with them for 2012, I was honored by having 11 images of mine used throughout the book in various sizes from small strips to full page images. This is over R55,000 in advertising space used for my images. I think this goes a long way further than having had a couple lines of text. Big thank you to the guys over there at Whole Lot doing a find job of putting together this book every year.