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2018 wasn’t the best year for me. My health deteriorated, I had difficulty finding a place to live and I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life. It was really a roller-coaster…. One the got stuck upside down midway through the ride and had me hanging for dear life… Yeah, that’s a good way to define it. Most people would say they needed this type of year to set themselves up for a more successful one, but honestly, I could have done without it. I’ve never been so frustrated in my life, I’ve never felt so defeated. I was losing my mind and it took everything in me to get back on my feet. With that being said, I still managed to get out and take some photographs.
How many people remember my interview with Eric Kim? This was a huge deal for me! I remember when I first started shooting street, his blog was one of the first that I came by. It was filled with so much information, but what was more interesting to me were the interviews he did with other street photographers. These interviews helped me discover so many photographers, Brian Day, Damian Vignol, Josh White... I could name so many. I just remember thinking, my work is going to be next to theirs... again it was just really exciting for me.
He sent me a series of questions and I analyzed them for days... I was like this is my moment, everything needs to be perfect. For those wondering I completely butchered this moment as there were so many typos and statements that didn't make sense... but that's beside the point. Once the questions were answered I scrolled down to the part where Eric had requested photographs...
2017 was a pretty bad year for me, in fact, it might have been the worst year of my life. I know that sounds dramatic but it's true. Everything that could have possibly gone wrong, went wrong... My health deteriorated, relationships I had with people ended on a bad note and photography, well at times, I felt like it was last on my priority list.
I thought about doing my usual recap, but there was so much negativity in the first few paragraphs! I didn't want to start my year off like that, so I decided to leave it all in the past! This is a new start for me, the chance to hit the reset button
Nate has release a new pack, just in time for the new year! I feel like he created this one just for me, but he's asked me to share it with the rest of you as well... Christmas may have come twice this year!
Took the time to build a special kit for everyone out there. Here are 10 inspirational street photography books that at some point you should check out. I'll continue to add to this kit a I read more, but I definitely think this is a great starting point
It's hard to grow your social media presence as a street photographer... Mainly because the majority of people who enjoy looking at street photographs are, well, street photographers. However, there are a few ways to get your work seen, one is by tagging featured accounts in hopes that they share your work.
Today was an office day for me, meaning I sat on my computer and did a bunch of things that I've put on hold for months. One task, in particular, was to update my camera equipment on Kit, a site I use to allow you guys to keep up with my equipment. It took forever to make my "kit" current. It wasn't that I was adding my gear to it, but because I had so much to delete. Over the last 3 years, I've honestly bought and sold soooo much, it's honestly kind of sad. Anyway, I thought it would be cool to share with you guys every camera that I've ever owned, why I bought it and why I sold it (or kept it).
Street photography isn't the most popular genre in the photography spectrum. It has a relatively small fan base, it takes a lot of bravado and as far as commissioned opportunities, well, there are very few. It's also one of the few forms of creativity that involves another person who isn't aware of their actual involvement... Meaning in order to perfect the craft you'll need to practice with those who are sometimes unwilling to participate... This makes it extremely hard to succeed.
Anyway, I told myself I didn't want to make my 2016 post an entire summary of my year, instead, I wanted to share my favorite photographs and elaborate with you why I favor them... So, without further ado.
Hey, I'm Keenan, also known as KeenanRIVALS!
I'm a YouTuber, street photographer and blogger. Here I document my process and share my story!