So, while looking around for an industry that actually pays for photography, my eye fell on the fashion business. Having spent the last few years banging my head against the brick wall of documentary/journalism it’s refreshing to find so many thriving outlets for pictures, but also bewildering to realise the differences – most of them not obvious.
The two worlds tend to have a somewhat sneering attitude toward each other. The photojournalism camp regards anyone involved in something as frivolous as fashion as… well… shallow and vacuous. The fashion folks, on the other hand, tend to think of the documentarians as sanctimonious, narrow-minded snobs. Probably badly dressed and in need of a bit of grooming.
In truth, of course, there’s a lot less between them then those who seek simplistic stereotypes would like to think – especially when it comes to photography. I’m enjoying the exploration of this new landscape.