Reasoning behind my career planning
My five year career plan is set out for personal and academic achievement; I’m not saying I want to be a ‘starving artist’ of the chic, Bohemian quarter of Paris like Henri Murger once wrote in ‘Scènes de la vie de bohème ’¹ (The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter) but I do have a vision on how my photographic studies will take shape.
‘Today, as of old, every man who enters on an artistic career, without any other means of livelihood than his art itself, will be forced to walk in the paths of Bohemia.’²
My career plan is taking photographs, making films, learn, be creative, and pass on my knowledge to a new generation, while earning money at the same time. I’m passionate about photography and film making, and I believe in the projects I’ve worked on. My intention is to work towards Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship in the BIPP. It’s a personal goal of development, not for the letters at the end of my name or for the glory, but for personal achievement which tantamount to orgasmic pleasure and progress in terms of self-confidence and motivation to be the best at being me.
My intention is too enter 3 photographic competitions a year, which will attune my photographic practice, hopefully win some prize and add a little moment of glory. I will also enter my short films to film festivals around the world to give me greater exposure.
As I am continually seeking further academic advancement, I intend to take up an MA in photography and film making which will be a big challenge and allow me to explore different styles to promote my evolvement as a photographer while enhancing my academic development naturally.
What’s after MA academic advancement?
At the present time I’m in a well paid full time job with the largest settee manufacturer in the UK. In this role I don’t take photographers or video and there is nothing creative about it. The job comes with an excellent pension, yearly bonus and 32 days paid holidays, and they allow me to study. The job is just a vehicle for me to retire from this country early, emigrate to the Philippines (where my wife is from originally) and my goal while I’m there is to teach children photography, photograph the landscape, the people of the Philippines and sell those images through fine art channels which I’m hoping to gain over the years.
Below is a portrait of a Filipino using natural light and a black backdrop
This is my ultimate driving force behind my photographic and film making world, this may not be the normal career path of a degree student, but this has been my career plan since taking up photography when I met my wife.
This may sound like a very pretentious but nothing like fulfilling an ambition and a dream.
Photographs of the Philippines
¹Murger, Henri 1901 ‘The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter: Scenes de la Vie de Boheme’ Doubleday Page and Co
²Murger, Henri 1901 ‘The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter: Scenes de la Vie de Boheme’ Doubleday Page and Co pp. preface xx