I started this blog nearly a year ago with the idea was that it would allow me to make truly independent reports on important subject matter without influence from corporate media, who often choose photographer's assignments based on what stories they think will sell magazines and not what is actually important. I thought I could use it to not only give my stories a voice beyond print media but help me raise funds to report on subject matter that is avoided by large publications.
I have worked nearly full time, and often quite a lot more, to make what I present here as interesting and informative as possible. In December I started the Behind the Image posts to give readers a look behind my lens and allow them to know more about what goes into capturing this work. In December I added the My Life section to give a look at my daily routine, travels and work in the field.
Researching stories, planning field work, traveling, shooting, writing blog posts, preparing images, uploading from the field (including from remote locations in Iraq, Gaza, Kenya, Egypt, etc.) is incredibly time consuming — not to mention sending drafts back and forth to my editor, who is an incredibly kind supporter of this blog and donates his time to make sure my posts are tightly edited… THANK YOU Jeff Cagle!! If anyone needs to hire a good freelance writer/editor/social media consultant, please contact me and I will put you in touch with him!
Although I truly enjoy working on this blog, I am afraid that I must take some time away from it and focus on making a living. The economy has had a major, night and day effect on the number of donations I am getting. In the month of February I lost all but five of my paid subscribers, but luckily continued to get a reasonable amount of one-time donations. One-time donations nearly ground to a halt in March, with only one being made all month.
I completely understand how hard it is right now for everyone to get by, which is why I hope you will understand why I am having to make this decision. The combination of a lack of donations on the blog coupled with a nearly $1,000 equipment repair bill after my last project has left me little choice.
Originally I thought I would not make any blog posts for a month and instead focus on catching up on my editorial work and applying for grants for future projects. Hopefully, if I am able to get some recent work published and some stock to agencies, I will be able to get a bit of income and begin to plan another project for the fall.
After thinking it through a bit more, I feel terrible about the idea of completely stopping my posts. I have so many images that I feel tell important stories and bring important issues to light, I just cant justify completely stopping my posts — especially considering I have five years images stacked up to catch up on. I also feel an obligation to you, the reader, as your financial and moral support throughout the last year has been overwhelming. I will do my best to keep posting as much and as often as I can, while still taking time to try to earn some money and apply for grants.
I would like to once again thank all of you for your support. I will do my best to post as often as I can and hopefully things will turn around soon and I can continue to focus on making this my full time project. If you happen to know of any to know any philanthropists, investors, advertisers or anyone else you may think would be interested in supporting this work, please point them in my direction.
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