I will be on a PDN's 30 panel discussion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 20th examining contemporary strategies young artists may take when navigating the commercial photography market.
Holly Hughes has asked me to share some of the key lessons learned over the last few years, so I'm pulling imagery from the archives to help illustrate some thoughts on assisting, self-promotion and the development of a unique photographic style.
In hindsight, I thought they were joking. Then I thought he couldn't speak English. Either way, I quickly grew to appreciate it.
On the fourth day, Andreas had resorted to wiping excess water from his mini-wave maker contraption onto his clothes like a farmer in overalls.
Even after he instructed that nothing more would be required of me, I flew in from across the set with my handkerchief because I thought the guy needed it.
In a show of genuine admiration, he cocked his head and nodded in agreement as if he'd made significant improvement to a work in progress.
We spent that day and the next trolling Ebay for a Hosemaster he could take back to Europe but struck out.
The lesson, while not immediately apparent, is that one must be fearless at times - put yourself out there and get dirty. One should devour the small challenges and invite the bigger ones in.
I've explored this notion of "field work" in my PDN 30 interview with Conor Risch and look forward to doing so again next week with some of the other panelists and audience members.