As a class of about 20, most of the students in the Advertising Photo program are spending five days in New York to learn more about the different industries and inner workings of the photography world. We've finished day 1, and after a deep sleep, it's time to reflect.
I think the trip so far has been as expected. Lots of people, lots of free time, and I can already tell lots of money is going to be spent. (Just had to get that empanada.) We met with Anomoly, an ad agency, in the morning. Robin Broadbent we met in the afternoon. He had a great talk about how he became a photographer, and why he loves and hates it. He's a still life photographer, but the way he spoke about creating work that you're excited about can apply to any perspective, whether it be landscapes, peoples, fashion, sports, etc. It was inspiring, and even the time he spent looking at books really showed how much he cared!
The last place we went to is Chad Griffith's studio to meet with about ten different artists and talk to them about our work. It was intimidating at first, and sometimes I felt a little defensive, but ultimately it was good, even though I now feel unprepared, a little self-conscious, and a lot inspired. A lot of people said, "I wish I brought this.." or "I wish I didn't do that." My sister sent me this quote that made me feel a little better, "If you are not embarrassed nu the first version of your product, you've launched too late," by Reid Hoffman.