Photography, Motivation, & Success

When I started making images, I never thought much of it. The beginning was interesting. All I cared about was creating. I would spend time wandering with my camera creating boring images of nothing. That was fun then.

Now, I spend my time forming ideas about photography, wondering how to engage with the photo community, teaching others about the art of photography, selling cameras, and creating work that can be purchased. I may not spend as much time creating images, but I feel more successful. The more I dive into photography, the more I find it to be both creatively and monetarily rewarding. Caring about the thing I love is leading me towards success. Strange thought, right?

I’ve learned quite a bit by just putting my head down and doing. Staying the course when I need to, and cutting my loses when I must. But it’s hard. How so?

The hardest part about being successful in something creative is staying focused. You need to trick yourself into being constantly inspired. Between classes, a retail job, and creating; I’ve had to stay inspired — somehow. I’m only now piecing together exactly how to do that, consistently.

Staying inspired and passionate leads to success.

Amping myself up about the next shoot, camera, photographer, project, etc. is such a powerful tool for my success.

Always something new. Always something different. Always creating challenges. Always pushing myself and others. 

Also, laughing about those times you fail. Laughing a lot about those times. Then learning from them.

Stay motivated. The clients will come. The money will happen. The business will grow. The happiness will come.

 

Cheers,

Joshua Duffy.

Portraits with the Leica M9

I recently obtained a Leica M9. This is the camera I’ve wanted for the past three years. Creating images with a rangefinder is such an involving experience. The images I’m showing here represent the beginnings of a project that I care very much about. After shooting these photos I realized that without the M9, I wouldn’t have been able to produce the same work without it.

The photos here are of my co-workers at National Camera Exchange. None of these images were taken at National Camera, though. Most of my co-workers are very talented, accomplished, and skilled photographers and artists. Through these images I hope to showcase the uniqueness of the people I work, laugh, argue, spend time, and sell with. 

 

Joshua Duffy

With Jess at a Cafe

Today I left my editorial photography class, met up with Jess (my best friend), and we grabbed some food and coffee. Random time spent with good people is important. Jess is good people. She's the only person I've stayed friends with in college since day once. I honestly mean day one. We had our first class together. We've been attempting to be cool art students ever since.


Joshua Duffy

Transient

The Sony RX100

RX100 on a table during a pre-production meeting. Such a handy little tool.

Um, this camera is incredible. I rarely touch point & shoot cameras. I especially stay away if they take a memory card rather than a roll of 35mm film. The Sony RX100 changed many of my stupid hipster and snobby opinions of what a good point & shoot can be. It's a grand camera.

The camera looks pretty run-of-the-mill consumer camera at first glance. It's not until you see it has a fucking Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens that you go "Oh damn, this little shit means business!" Once you're lusted over the blue square goodness, you can start to appreciate this camera's elegant way of balancing immense technology and real-world usefulness.

One area this camera excels in is manual control, but I don't care. I don't want to change the ISO on a point & shoot. I have a "real" camera for that. I know, that sounds bigoted and annoying, but it's true. I shot the RX100 in the Superior Auto mode 95% of the time I had it. It just works. I couldn't ask for more. In Superior Auto, the camera gave me crisp, clear, perfectly exposed, RAW files. Miracles do happen, I've now learned. 

Overall, I love this camera. It has very few drawbacks. I wish I could attach a viewfinder to the top. I wish the lens was brighter at tele-photo. I wish it wasn't $649.99 USD. But honestly, It's a quality piece. A perfect companion for a busy photographer. The high quality camera my 50 year old Mother can use, no problem. A digital camera made for real people, real shooting, and made real simple. 

If you live in the Twin Cities, stop into a National Camera Exchange and play with an RX100. You won't regret it. Or you will. The choice is yours.

Joshua Duffy

P.S: Below is a gallery of samples. I shot these in RAW on the RX100, then converted them straight to JPEGs for the web using Aperture. Enjoy.

Mini Project: Finding Myself

This is my first "Mini Project."  These small projects are an attempt to keep myself sharp and focused on creating interesting pieces of work.  Not only that, but they're a challenge.  I'm not promising photographic gold here, but rather an exploration of creating. 

My first exploration is a series of me looking at myself.  Pretty great, huh?  Take a look, and feel free to critique & judge.

 

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Vanishing Act

After a busy night downtown.

It's been months since I last posted to this beautifully designed (and imaginatively named) blog.  I suppose I got busy, or something.  Wait, I did.  Holy shit.

The past four months or so have been wild and crazy.  I expanded my photographic horizons with my first gallery show.  I helped curate a gallery show.  I worked my retail day job like a madman, and sold large amounts of photographic equipment to the Minnesota public. I also spent a large amount of time with a lovely girl.  We had many laughs and good times.  Then I capped off 2012 with some holiday-ing and gift-giving of sorts.

Then as 2013 started, I began some new classes.  A new Ikea showed up in my bedroom.  I ate many tasty things.  Time apart from the lovely girl left us separated, but happy in the end.  I just recently tried my hand at some horribly wonderful acting in a video class.  I'm learning a lot of new things.  I'm keeping myself preoccupied, and it's all very exciting.  Below are 86 images from the past few months.  Enjoy them.

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Shooting Street

So all summer I was shooting street photos.  I discovered a love for invading peoples' spaces and capturing candid images.  Minneapolis is an incredible city for street photography.  The varying types of people I encounter within a half-hour period is inspiring.  I can walk six blocks downtown and watch a guy get into his Ferrari, then snap a photo of a man sleeping on a bench.  The stark contrasts and similarities are what have driven my work throughout 2012.

Alley, Minneapolis, 2012

I hope that my first gallery showing this December can showcase my passion for documenting the city's complex stories.  The show is called "The Big Ass Show."  It's being put on by the art collective I'm a member of, The Friction.  We have a group of talented, young photogs showing how they seeing Minneapolis, and are inspired by it.  It should be exciting.

A New Blog

Transient

Here I am starting another blog.  I've failed to keep up on one for so long.  The hope for this site is to keep up with it, and maintain a portfolio of my best work.  Wish me luck. 


Also, most of my current work hasn't been posted anywhere.  I mean, it's trapped on my MacBook Pro.  It must escape sooner or later.  If you'd like to keep up on my iPhone-ography, though, check out my Instagram!