Eric Kim recently interviewed Justin Vogel, a street photographer from New York City and his response to the question of what he hopes to achieve with his photography is one that is as openminded enough that you can take time to reflect upon on your own.
The question itself can possibly be more important than finding the right answer. Justin says:
I’m not very ambitious, I have no grand artist’s statement, I just like making pictures. And I want to make them as good as I can. Making pictures is something that brings me tremendous pleasure. Sharing the pictures with an audience who appreciates them is gravy. In terms of goals, I would be happy if I could produce 25 to 30 great images over the course of my lifetime. Of course that presupposes that I live long enough to do so.
If you’re just stepping into this photography thing, I assume you pursue it because you find joy in it. Soon after you begin to share your work, the fleet of happiness will set in as result of positive feedback you’ll get from them but eventually no discussion about photographing is complete without the thorough time devoted to you being asked what you ultimately want to do with it.
I’ll be the first to admit I have no idea what I want to be doing photographically 5 years from now other than having the opportunity to explore the type of fascinating cultures that I drool over on tv. Any moment behind a viewfinder is a great one and I hope to work more on personal projects that embody my interest.
Do you have a specific objective that you hope to accomplish with your photography?