1.15.2020

I forgot why they call it "work." Now I'm starting to remember...


I took most of December off last year. It was great. But then I started to worry about whether or not I would ever work again. You know, "freelancer's syndrome."

I'm 64 and have been doing this for a long time. Ever since I turned 40 I've been hearing over and over again: photography is a young person's game.... I keep expecting work to dry up and vanish. I'd be sad but, in the big scheme of things it wouldn't be that bad. I love to work and I love to photograph but there is more to life than heeding the call of every client... That was my mindset at the beginning of January, at any rate.

This week I am back to the regular schedule. We shot a series of portraits Monday, went on location to make 13 portraits of 13 accountants for a firm yesterday, photographed a radiologist this morning and will start a two day event shoot at one of the new, downtown hotels which will take me through long days on Thursday and Friday for a national, medical devices client. On Saturday I have a in depth session photographing a rehearsal of a new Janis Joplin play at Zach. Maybe on Sunday I'll rest....but only after swim practice.

I guess being immature is the next best thing to being young. If so, then I'll take it.

Having a blast slinging cameras around. I hope your new year is off to a brisk start. Never too old to make great photographs. That's my take.

7 comments:

John Krumm said...

Love the look of this image, and the framing.

Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer said...

Thanks John!

Bill Pearce said...

You're right, it's a young person's game. Only younger people are willing to work for what people are willing to pay for photography these days. Where I live, it seems like all the photographers are children.

Eric Rose said...

Love the eyes! That Joplin play looks interesting.

Eric

Peter Dove said...

I guess being immature is the next best thing to being young. If so, then I'll take it.

That’s been my mantra for long enough to get old. Ish…

Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer said...

My fellow swimmers laughed at me when I stated this morning that I was trying to become more eccentric. They laughed harder when I said I'd settle for immature. I figure it's the one niche I have a shot at...

Now dressed in "show black" and heading downtown to get to work. Cams, batts, lenses, flashes, computer.....all I need now is the right motivation. Oh yeah, I remember, I'm getting paid!

Markus said...

As John said, image and framing are wonderful!