Written to Shell Suite by Chad Valley
Show me an industry that rewards getting rich by selling the basics as advanced proprietary knowledge. And I will show you an industry that by in large lacks depth.
There is nothing new under the sun.
But there can be uniqueness in the diversity of the content combined, and again in its application.
Can I just say that I’m not mad. The more introspective I become, the more passionate my writing seems. But I’m not mad, I promise.
I would like the photography industry as a whole to become more like a garden and less like the Borg.
In the Borg, the hive mind worked as a unit to absorb anything new into the collective. Something it wanted was seen and it was consumed and given to the group for the betterment of the collective. But in so doing all individuality was lost.
A garden is one beautiful framework that is beautiful because it is curated, yes. But also because of its diversity. One plant or insect or animal or human benefits from the other but does not BECOME the other. Each piece created to fit in its soil and light and situation perfectly. Geography and the ecosystem after it is created help shape it’s fruitfulness.
I would like that.
My suggestion at this moment is to take things you know. Things that you are passionate about. Things that you love and combine them.
I come from a creator background. I was a serial started that never finished anything. So I’ve done many many things, a little. Until photography.
My father is a pragmatist that is a great handyman and relational salesmen to the amish community for over 20 years. He built relationships and learned his trade and by serving them became a leader.
Photographer+Creator+Starter+Handyman+Woodworking+Relationships with craftsmen.
Please sit down and find the connections between your strange story. Make something new and love every second of it. Forget the money. Forget trying to sell it.
I would like that.