A few months ago Grant Scott, the founder of United Nations of Photography, invited me make a short recording of ‘what photography means to me’. Quite a challenge as, like most people, I’m scared of listening back to recordings of myself.
I’d definitely recommend to follow this weekly podcast series. Each time Grant discusses a new theme within the world of photography, which could be education, motivation, trends in photography, financial issues – a great variety of subjects. He also invites photographers, editors, educators and others to talk about what photography means to them, in less than five minutes. Some included guests are Susan Meiselas (MAGNUM), Mary Ellen Mark, Paolo Roversi and Erwin Olaf. Click here for the full list of the included guests.
For me it was a fun and at the same time frustrating challenge, to make a stutter-free recording of a few minutes. Also, when working with images, I feel like there is less motivation to translate the meaning of photography into words. So to be pushed to do that, write it all down first, was a useful exercise.
About Grant Scott
Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, and the author several books like Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Focal Press 2014) and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Focal Press 2015).