Go Fast: Don't Crash
From the incredible response I’ve received from my recent essay in EP ON CHAOS, FEAR, SURVIVAL & LUCK | DOUG MENUEZ 2.0: GO FAST, DON'T CRASH, it’s clear there is a hunger out there for information, ideas and strategies for building a creatively satisfying life as a photographer. I’ve got enough scars on my ass at this point to have learned a thing or two, and I’ll certainly share what I’ve learned in these pages. Occasionally I’ll touch on gear or technique but mostly I’m interested in expanding the dialog about balancing art and commerce that I’ve been teaching in my workshops and lectures to a wider audience.
The root of my quest to find balance– peace of mind really– was the inevitable result of living decades going from shoot to shoot in a hyper-compressed, super rushed, mad, fun, chaotic road trip of a life.
There was a price to pay for that: burnout. So, haunted by Socrates admonition about the unexamined life I’ll use this blog as a catalyst to remember my past. I have to do this in order to prepare for the best, next phase of my life and work. So I’ll be sharing stories from the road that usually only my friends and family would be subjected to at dinner—lucky for you escape is a click away. These stories will be at least as true as any other memoir I can think of, and truer than most. And perhaps they can serve as flares fired in the night for younger shooters, marking out what mistakes to truly avoid.
I hope you find my experiences useful and that you’ll post a comment or drop me an email.