Longevity in Photography

If you had to choose the most important factor in your photography, what would it be? Your camera? Lens? Lighting? Settings? Most of us would choose something like that. But photographer Mads Peter Iversen has a different idea. What he suggests is entirely different—it’s totally abstract, yet very powerful. Let’s see what he has to share:

“For how long do you like your own work?”

For Iversen, what matters most is longevity. The length of time that you keep enjoying what you are doing is truly important, and requires so much introspection and honesty. If you feel happy and satisfied with your own work, then there are no forces that can derail you and avoid you from reaching your goal. Longevity will be your greatest source of inspiration and will keep on driving you and your enthusiasm.

Trends come and go. You may even be drawn to try out new trends. But what matters most is that when you look back at your photos, you still love them. This may not be true for every other, and so it’s essential that you develop your own photography style and keep on polishing it with time. This way, you ensure that your images are timeless.

How long have you been photographing what you photograph and are you proud of it? And do you see yourself working in the same direction in the years to come? Be sure to drop your comments below. We’d love to go through them.

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One response to “Longevity in Photography”

  1. Paul Hughes says:

    “Never too old to learn!” Sure applies to this 80-years-young photographer after you inspired me to take a critical look at photos I’ve taken in the past.

    I donated landscape photo-cards of our coastal village which the Visitors Center sold to tourists. A few, fortunately only a few, but still a few, I wouldn’t put in the center’s card carousel today — for a variety of photographic reasons, poor cropping, too much in a single photo, etc.

    Also sold photo-cards of dogs to a Puppy Store with my proceeds donated to the Humane Society. Again, a few wouldn’t make the store’s carousel today.
    Paul H.

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