by Author Deborah A. Ten Brink
The other day I was searching online for articles about photographers that would inspire you to never give up on your dreams. I am a firm believer that it’s never too late to reach for heights that most people would tell you are impossible. You can dream and achieve anything you set your mind to if you just believe you can do it.
Throughout my life I’ve had well-meaning family and friends ask me, “What makes you think you can do that? You haven’t done it before.” Through their discouraging words they honestly feel they are saving me from certain disaster. My answer has always been, “Because it’s what I want to do so I’m going to do it. I’ll figure it out along the way.” And, I always learn. Sometimes I fail, but I always get back up and remember the lessons learned. Okay, now on to that story I wanted to share with you.
This story was inspirational to me because it’s about a guy with under $100 dollars in his pocket, not knowing how he was going to pay his rent… and then he had an idea. Now, if he had a “boo-hoo, poor me” attitude, I’m sure this idea would have been dismissed immediately. But, he believed the idea was sound, worth a try, and he followed through with it.
Now he had some good things happen in his career a couple of years prior to this idea. This Brooklyn-based photographer had been praised by Gawker as “the best photographer on Instagram” but had his account suspended for photos of topless sunbathers at the beach. Now for a lot of people, that would have been it. No more Instagram, nor more dream, the obsession would be over. Read on to see what he did.
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” — Alfred Eisenstaedt, German Photojournalist
He knew walking around the streets of New York with his iPhone taking photos of street scenes would not pay the bills. He set up a new Instagram account and at midnight, the start of his 34th birthday, he posted an offer on Instagram. So, what happened?
He was overwhelmed as the orders poured in. The next day he had received nearly $15,000 worth of requests! Some days he spends up to 8 hours a day wandering the streets and subways looking for interesting faces, scenes, incidences. The article calls his type of photography “human urban voyeurism.” Enjoy the full story here.