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2017 retrospective

One of the most important aspects of my “real life” work (aka the one that brings food to the table) is the retrospective: an objective view on what went well, what went wrong, and how to improve. So, let’s do this!

What went well

2017 started pretty strongly. The 2 books I was published in got released, WeStreet 2016 and the Street Photographer Book vol. 2. I also won the 2nd place in the Sony World Photography Awards 2017. Not bad for a start!

I also found the Heavy Machinery complex that fulfilled my thirst for urbex, and that also started the Ghost project.

Last but not least, a short trip to Portugal gave me a few good shots, like the Initiation well series.

It all happened during the first months of 2017. But then…

What went wrong

2017 has been a very busy year on a personal side. Change of job, change of country (going back home in France!), buying a house, living almost as a camper for a few months between 2 moves… it definitely has affected my craft. From summer until now I must say I haven’t done much. It’s a way to say I haven’t done almost anything 🙂 Winter is definitely not a great season for me, I lose all my inspiration. I also had my mind occupied with a lot of stuffs that made photography go back a bit on a lower level during the last months.

And as a result, it has also hurt quite a lot my online presence. My blogging rate is now in limbo. Which is very, very bad, and has killed all the efforts I’ve put on. My Instagram following has risen a bit, but not as much as expected I must say. Well, this is what happened when you can’t post daily! On Facebook, meh, stagnation. Anyhow, Facebook is kind of dead on the photo side. Groups are now going crazy (in the bad way), the Pages are nowhere to be seen, it’s pretty much about occupying the place. The only surprise came from Twitter, where my following has grown a bit, without any effort.

So, to resume what went wrong this year: I’ve been out to shoot much less than what I should have, and whenever I was out I was not very productive.

At least, this period gave me the time to think a bit more on what to focus on in 2018…

How to improve

Maybe the most interesting part of any retrospective: how to improve.

Being back in France close to Paris has a big advantage: there are a LOT of great photography exhibitions over there! I went to several expos, by Sebastião Salgado or the World Press Photo 2017 expo, and it struck me that reportage type photography is something that I would love to do. Not telling a potential story with an artsy photo like I’ve done until now. Telling a real story. I really think this is the path I want to follow this year, in the next years. I don’t have yet the key to realize this, but I fell this is what I have to do. Locally at first, maybe telling the story of interesting people around me, and then I’ll try to expend my range.

If you guys have any suggestions, please comment !

Conclusion

That was my short retrospective of 2017. A frustrating year, photography wise, where I feel I’ve taken a step back. And you, dear reader, how was your year?

Publication in Inspired Eye #42

Inspired Eye #42 © Olivier Duong & Don Springer

© Olivier Duong & Don Springer

2017 continues in a great way with an other publication in Inspired Eye #42, the fantastic digital magazine created by Olivier Duong & Don Springer.  It’s the second time I’ve been part of the readers’ selection, after a short stint in issue #31. I’m glad to be back!

The two selected photos for this issue are:

Surprise! Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Surprise! Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016. Get a fine art print.

Fovam Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

Fovam Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2017. Get a fine art print.

Where can I find Inspired Eye #42?

Download it in digital format on the Inspired Eye website.

More publications

I am very proud to say that the past months have been a blast for me! Check out the latest publications I am part of!

 

A new publication – The Street Photographer Book!

I am very pleased to announce that 3 of my photos will be published in an international, hard copy photo book dedicated to Street Photography, the well named Street Photographer Book vol.2!

The Street Photographer Book

This book is a project by Alex Coghe, italian photojournalist, editor, writer and educator based in Mexico. Besides his superb photography work he also publishes the monthly Street Photography Notebook, in which I participated recently by the way 🙂

It’s an honor to be featured next to 21 other very talented photographers. Congrats everyone!

Where can I find the Street Photographer Book?

Not very far 🙂 It can be ordered:

More publications

I am very proud to say that the past months have been a blast for me! Check out the latest publications I am part of!

WeStreet 2016 book available for sale

WeStreet 2016 book. Photo by David Monceau.

WeStreet 2016 book. Photo by David Monceau.

The WeStreet 2016 street photography book is available for sale!

This book regroups the best shots of the cream of the crop of street photographers around the world, and I’m excited to have no less than 3 photos selected for this year’s edition!

Where can I find WeStreet 2016?

Click on this link to see the electronic version… and order the actual book 😉

More publications

I am very proud to say that the past months have been a blast for me! Check out the latest publications I am part of!

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Publication in the WeStreet 2016 book!

Thats’s incredible, just incredible.

I will be part of the 2016 edition of the WeStreet street photography book! From 12000+ photos submitted, only 150 have made it in the final book.

WeStreet 2016 book. Photo by David Monceau.

WeStreet 2016 book. Photo by David Monceau.

Edit: The WeStreet 2016 book is now available for sale.

And among those 150 photos, not 1… but 3 are mine!

My hopes were quite low to make it with only 1 photo when very big street photography names started to submit proposals such as Tatsuo Suzuki, Damon Jah, David Mar Quinto, David Monceau, just to name some of those awesome photographers that participated. All known and renown street photographers with tons of awesome shots. And I’m very excited to be publicized next to them in the WeStreet 2016 book.

I’d like to thank the curators, Steven Gonzalez, Arek Rataj, Philip Cleminson, Marie-Lou Chatel, Stefan Rademakers, Sandra Jonkers and Willem Jonkers, for their work and the awesome opportunity offered to me today. It’s my very first publication in a real, hardcover book, at an international level. How cool is that?

It has also been the occasion to meet, virtually for now, with extraordinary people. I hope we’ll be able in real life soon, too 🙂

So, what are those photos? Two of them are not a surprise, in a way that if one of my photos should have been selected, it would have been one of them. The third one was more unexpected.
Long legs. Prague, Czech Republic, 2016.

Long legs. Prague, Czech Republic, 2016. Get a print!

Surprise! Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Surprise! Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016. Get a print!

Night call. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

Night call. Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016. Get a print!

Not bad, isn’t it? Now, i’m ever more pumped up to do even better in 2017!

I’ll keep you guys updated on the availability of the book. Next to the printed book, a PDF version should be available. But trust me, photos look much better printed rather than on a screen! Until then, you can find all the selected photos on the dedicated Facebook group.

More publications

I am very proud to say that the past months have been a blast for me! Check out the latest publications I am part of!