I was going to title this post “Quality Vs. Quantity” but I feel like we’ve talked about it already a bunch. My usual schpiel is that if you shoot a ton your photos will get better over time, but now I am realizing this is not really true. You have to be learning from the results, but learning is only intentional if you have a goal.
For instance, let’s say you want to shoot for the New York Times. You will have have to “develop” all sorts of skills. But if you are just shooting for Tumblr, there really is no pressure to quickly learn to make better photos, it’s totally casual.
Most of the work we get for Hamburger Eyes is from photographers attempting to cross the border from hobbyist to working professional. Or people that cross this border back and forth all the time like me. In fact I pretty much live at this bordertown and sometimes I think I should run for Mayor.
Within the emails I get, I see the main problem that people don’t think about properly is knowing why they want to cross at all in the first place. They don’t have clarity. I think you get clarity through action. You have to go out there and play with cameras, play with assignments, and play with different techniques. But really here is the real answer: you want to make a living doing what you love to do. That’s it.
At minimum, let’s say rent and bills is $2500 per month. Can you sell enough products and services to make this much or more on a monthly basis? This should be your primary goal if you want to make a living doing anything besides working a regular job.
The other day I read the following: “Clothes are important for me, they are man’s second skin, especially worn clothes, second hand clothes. Photographs are a little bit like that. Second hand visions” Paulo Nozolino.
It is a dream to have Hamburger Eyes come out once a month. 120 pages every month. We have tried it many times with no success. I have been in hyper attack mode about making a production schedule for this entire year. That schedule includes regular postings on this site. You guys who have voted in the last poll have helped steer us in the right direction which makes it easier to figure out what to post on a weekly basis. So a huge thank you for that.
Looks like we will be featuring more photographers and writing more articles. Then once a month for new zines and books and will sprinkle in other things like videos and batches of photos. Thanks again!
I started trying to come up with more content ideas for this here website. But then I thought maybe I’d just ask what you would like to see. I like the feedback. For instance while we get the most comments on the written articles, some just want to watch more videos on famous photographers.
Here are the basic categories on the site. Vote on which ones you would like to see more of. After this voting, we can see where we can expand. You can select more than 1 choice.
Also, I put zines and books in the vote. That means you don’t care about website content at all, you just want us to put out more zines and books.
You may have noticed the forums were deleted. There was just not enough action in there. That’s ok. But there was some really good content and info and resources while it was going. Here are some of the photo related podcasts that were listed by multiple members. There was more but with the dismantling of the forums, these are what remained. If you have some that we should check out, put a link in the comments! Enjoy.
I went to my friend’s house one time and he had been printing in his bathroom darkroom. His whole house smelled like stop bath. I don’t think it is the deadliest chemical in photography, but for sure it is the stinkiest. I told him he didn’t need to use it. He was somehow convinced that it was the most important ingredient and we argued for a bit. I said just do a straight water bath and change it often. He didn’t want to hear it.
A week went by and he said he looked it up and that I was right. While it is a good thing to stop development of a print before sticking it in the fixer, it isn’t necessary. Water worked just as good especially if you are just making rc prints and paying attention.
I bring this up because Happy New Years! It’s time to get to work and we think we might need more stuff to properly do what we are trying to do, but sometimes we don’t have all the right info. A new camera, a new lens, a printer. I’m guilty. I need everything. Guess what, we don’t need shit. We only need time and action. Let’s get busy. Let’s make stuff.
** Just to clear up any confusion: This is the 200th title of books and zines that we have published since we started counting as Hamburger Eyes “The Publisher”. As for Hamburger Eyes “The Photozine”, this issue would be number 37. (Some people have posted it as our 200th issue on social media, but it’s misleading and confusing I know. Sorry. Click here to see the whole CATALOG.)
It is the time of reflection, gang. Hamburger Eyes has been on a longggg journey and it hasn’t gotten much easier with time. This past year has been a super hectic one and I want to say that I am super grateful to all of you who are part of this. The photographers and the people supporting them.
We want to keep this train moving and get to the next level. For me that means more photos and more books.
We have attempted it over here, but never pulled it off and this year we are going to make a serious go of it. That is to put out at least 1 issue of Hamburger Eyes per month. There are many factors involved, but those factors are really just excuses.
So, this is turning out to be a public proclamation. 1 issue per month or minimum 12 issues served for 2019. In my head this should be easy, but in reality it will be some long nights. We can handle it.
Let’s get busy. Have a Happy Holidays and Happy New Years. May all of your wildest dreams come true.