Introducing my new logo!
I was eating breakfast with my friend Brenna at The Good Food Emporium, when I asked her if I bought her breakfast she could design me a logo. I wanted something bold and simple, something a bit ambiguous. An hour later she had about two dozen symbols created and this one stood out to me the most. This is what happens when you reach out to your friends and community! I think it's so important to support each other it whatever way we can.
Lately I've been having a hard time deciding how I want to brand myself in the world. More and more often photographers not only have to commodify their skills but also who they are as a person. You have to sell your personality and who you are. There are things I do and don't like about it, but I've decided to do some reflection and try to answer some hard questions: who am I as a photographer? What is my vision? Where do I want to go with photography?
I spent the past week thinking a lot about those questions. It can feel so superficial, screaming "ALANAH CORREIA PHOTOGRAPHY" all the time, posting stuff on various social media sites, trying to get your stuff out there but feeling genuinely fake while doing it. I was listening to Radiohead and thinking of what Thom Yorke said in an interview where he was asked what his greatest strength was. His answer: "That I don't know what I'm doing". That gives me great comfort, because we're all pressured to follow the beaten trail, to follow the safe steps to accomplish our vision. That's just a cruel thing to sell to people who want to be innovative in their own lives and their communities, because more and more often we have to run for the bus rather than hoping it will wait for us.
There'a a great book called Vision Mongers by David duChemin (http://davidduchemin.com/2009/07/visionmongers-making-a-life-and-a-living-in-photography/) that's helped me out a lot with figuring out what exactly it is that I want to do with what I've been given. Another great guy to check out is Do The Work by Steven Pressfield. That book has really kicked me in the ass and has really changed my work ethic. It's a short n' sweet read, but will really shake you up.
After all this thinking and writing, I started thinking about bringing all of this to the art community and create a co-op of some sorts. I hope to create a collective/network of people who share how their living their innovative lives, pursuing their vision despite the limitations they find themselves in.I will post more about my ideas in the coming weeks!
PS, This is my first ever blog, it kind of feels weird writing all of these things that pop into my brain as I'm no writer, so forgive me for any grammar mistakes I make, I'll get better I promise ;)