David R Munson

Saitama City, Japan

An honest attempt at a new start

Years ago, I had a photography blog. Creating it seemed like the logical thing to do. After all, I liked writing and was obsessed with photography, And I was working as a photographer and a freelance photo assistant. Lots of other people were finding success blogging about photography, and seeing them do well made me want to do it, too.

And so I built the blog, wrote articles, and almost immediately struggled to find any joy in it at all. It’s clear to me now why it ended up being a bad fit, but it wasn’t at the time. I realize now that the problem was one of motivations. I was blogging in a certain way because I had gotten the impression that that’s what you were supposed to do if you wanted to build a popular photo blog. The problem is that I wasn’t being true to myself as a creative individual. I was trying to wear a hat that just didn’t fit.

I’ve recently been thinking about how I want to relaunch the blog. I write plenty, but it’s largely just for myself, done in private and it just stays in my archives. There’s a lot I want to share, though, and so I’ve decided to give it another try, this time being much more true to my Self, my work, and my interests. It occurs to me that the best way to create value for you, is to write the things I want to write, and not what I feel like I’m supposed to write.

In many ways, it’s a similar problem to something I’ve experienced in my photography, when I was pursuing doing certain work in a certain way, and it ended up just being a bad fit. At least in those cases, though, I’ve found a lot more reward in trying on new ideas, new ways of working, new approaches to style. In fact, I think it’s an important part of creative development.

But what I’ve learned through the endless iterations of photography, I apparently haven’t learned as well as I should have through my various iterations of blogging.

I’m not entirely sure where this will take me, but for once I’m excited to write about photography again. This can only be a good thing.


David R Munson

David is a photographer, essayist, and educator based in Saitama City, Japan.

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2 Responses

  1. I gave up my whole photography side business just because it became “business” and all the joy of photography got sucked away. I hope to get a nice cam soon a s dive it and this post inspired me

    1. Yeah, I think it can be really tricky to find the right balance when it comes to mixing one’s preferred creative pursuit and business. Definitely going to keep trying to find that balance, though. It’s worth it.

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