Street Dreams Magazine
I don’t think I’m at a point with my photography where I expect anything in return when I submit an image somewhere for consideration. I’ve spent money entering contests I knew I had no chance at winning, and I’ve pitched ideas to various places knowing I’d never hear back from them. But that doesn’t stop me from trying. It’s a lot like writing; In the past I’ve sent stories and humor pieces all over the place and only a few times did I end up having them published. Maybe that experience helped me to develop a thick skin about rejection. It’s still a bummer every time that email comes in, but I’ve gotten so used to it now that it doesn’t really sting anymore.
My latest submission was to Street Dreams magazine, a really interesting venture from photographers, designers, ad men, and others from all over North America. I had a chance to hear its founders speak at the Apple store in SoHo last year, and while I didn’t necessarily think their overall style was in line with what I was doing at the time, they still inspired me a great deal. Since then the kind of photos I take has changed a bit, and I figured what the hell, I’ll send them something. I might never hear back, but it was a lot of fun to go through my work and try to find ten images I thought would be a good fit for the magazine. I realized I’ve come a long way in a couple of years, and I’m pretty pleased with the photos I compiled. This also excites me because as happy as I am with what I’ve already done, I know that 2016 is going to be a year where I commit more to spending time shooting, and if I go through and collect ten pieces at the start of 2017, they’re going to be so much better than those I compiled this year.
Here are the ten: