doug menuez 2.0: go fast, don’t crash


About the blog

From the incredible response I’ve received from my recent essay in EP, 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.

 


21 Comments so far
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Hi Doug!!

what a wonderful thing that you have a blog, congratulations.
Thanks for being a constant fireball of inspiration.

Comment by Stephanie W. Menuez

Thanks Sis for being the first to comment! Very funny, but your support means the world to me…Love ya, d

Comment by menuez

yes, this is great, and very much appreciated!

Comment by Noelle Theard

sweet, thanks noelle!

Comment by menuez

way to go – always loved getting a glimpse of your thoughts, this will be a good way to read more of that.

Comment by alec vianu

scary but that’s what i’m going to do :)

Comment by menuez

Congratulations Doug… Already added to my regular feeds.

Comment by Martin Gisborne

merci mon ami, see you soon

Comment by menuez

Hello Doug…. really great to see the blog. You will now continue to inspire me and everyone else on-line! Good luck with this. Speak soon, Clive.

Comment by Clive Booth

So grateful for the positive energy Clive! It’s largely your example pushing me.

Comment by menuez

I’m sure I’m not the only one to say this… you more than anyone inspired me to pick up a camera and start shooting. So it’s all your fault!

Comment by clive Booth

that’s what is great about what we do, we push and pull each other and it only makes us better

Comment by menuez

Doug – thank you for your openness and truth. Not only are you speaking to photographers, but to all. Your artist statement and business philosophy express universal truths important to be learned or reminded. I loved the read…it reached me.
Jasmine

Comment by Jasmine Manders

Jasmine, I really appreciate the comments, and funnily enough, the thing is i do keep having to re-learn these truths. We never stop going through cycles of learning and hopefully getting a bit better each time around. Take care…d

Comment by menuez

Doug,
Bravo! You are as good a storyteller as you are a photographer. I’ll be reading. (And sending your URL to my photographer-in-training daughter. I know you will inspire her.)

Comment by Lorrie Lynch

So glad you think so! Appreciate the feedback. Happy to help your daughter any time if she insists on photography. Tell her to be a doctor instead! Cheers, Doug

Comment by menuez

Hey, Doug,
I look forward to reading your stories. Cool idea for the young, and the restless photographers trying to crash into the biz. I hope they learn from you and if nothing else, remember something as they venture into the world of film (digital now) and lenses. Can art and commerce really mix or is it like oil and water?
Cheers.
Dennis

Comment by Dennis Hodgson

More like oil and water I’m afraid :( but hey, we gotta try or starve, right? And thanks for reading!! PS: I’m writing and editing a bunch of the stories and will slowly be putting them up…d

Comment by menuez

I look forward to reading every word on your blog: the very interesting stories as described by a fascinating, brilliant mind, and experienced by a most generous, sentient heart. The exercise of remembering our stories – more than a catharsis -has the effect of revealing the way ahead.
Love,
Maguinha

Comment by Magda Machado Garshol

Muito obrigado e amor a minha irmã e primeira professora de vida :)

Comment by menuez

I just read your article on EP and I had to rush to your blog. That was an amazing piece. I look forward to reading more.

Cheers,

Younes

Comment by Younes




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