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Taking Pictures. And Other Stuff.


Trumpeting.

Trumpeting.

It was hot. The weather. And, the music.

The guys you see playing on the streets for second line parades can really play. They play in clubs. They tour. They record. They earn their livings playing music. They hustle to do that. And, they get paid.

Do you have an idea where I’m going with this?

If you’ve been reading the news, or following Twitter, or been awake at all, you know that Taylor Swift pretty much took down Apple on the issue of usage payments. I have my own feelings of how that happened and I’m not going there on Storyteller. I will say that Ms. Swift is right. Musicians make music. It’s valuable. They should be paid. But… anyone who makes art, writes a book, takes photographs should be paid. Our work is valuable. For many of us it’s how we put food on the table. It’s how we pay the rent or mortgage. It’s how we afford to keep making our art, using whatever media that happens to be. When we share, as I do here, it’s our choice. We have different reasons for doing that. The reasons evolve over time.

That’s all.

This isn’t a rant. It isn’t an argument. It’s just a fact.

That said, Storyteller is going to make some changes. No, no, no… I’m not changing the way you see my work. I like sharing with you. But, I am going to add some features that will hopefully allow this blog to pay for itself. Yeah, sure. Many of the pictures here are made as part of a larger project or passing from one place to another. But, it takes time to process them for optimal WordPress parameters. It takes time to write. You know the drill… you do it too.

 

This picture. Hmmmm…. just an old saying. F8 and be there. I work my way into the parade and take the picture. Pretty much how I photograph most subjects.

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2 Comments

  1. “…But… anyone who makes art, writes a book, takes photographs should be paid. Our work is valuable. For many of us it’s how we put food on the table. It’s how we pay the rent or mortgage. It’s how we afford to keep making our art, using whatever media that happens to be. When we share, as I do here, it’s our choice. We have different reasons for doing that. The reasons evolve over time.” – you expressed it perfectly! I agree with you 200% 🙂

    Warm wishes,
    Takami

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