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Alex Garcia: “Let Go of Yourself”

Photo by Shawn Nee / discarted

For the documentary photographer, selective perception is an obstacle bigger than the two-ton security guard who steps in front of you and says “scram!”  It’s silent and imperceptible but it nonetheless keeps us from seeing the full range of meaning and moments that are standing right in front of us. So questions can linger, even after making a great picture from a situation. Was a better one lurking in there somewhere?  Was the great picture the most honest one? Did we leave too early? Did we focus on the wrong subject? Were we focused too much on ourself?

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Photojournalists & the Common Denominators


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From Alex Garcia, writer of the Chicago Tribune’s photojournalist blog, comes a post on the “10 Key Traits of Winning Photojournalists.” Garcia has been in the field for 20 years and witnessed enough careers go boom or bust to compile a pretty interesting list.

There are a lot of talented photojournalists, and not all get recognized for their work. You may ask yourself: “So how can I become tops in my profession?”; “Do I have what it takes?”; “Is there something I could be doing?”; “Born or made?”

Do you have all, any…?

1. A lone wolf orientation
2. Single, or have a flexible family life
3. An immovable faith in the power of an image
4. Fearless
5. Fast and decisive
6. Ability to self-edit
7. Competitive, very
8. Clever
9. Relentless
10. Anointed

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