Young practitioners now are expected to be good at verbalising their intentions, verbalising their results, self-promotion and networking etc. I think these lists are getting a little out of hand as they often highlight the opposite of what led me to photography in the first place. They often appear to be steered by few, friends of friends, publishers, authors, writers etc and perhaps this back scratching can lead to exclusion of many who make work who can’t or don’t want to ‘play the game’.
If you say a thing often enough, it will be accepted as truth
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Taking the middle ground, it’s a bit like beige. You’ll never surprise anyone, but you’ll never let them down.
No significant learning can take place without a significant relationship