Category Archive: Post-Procesing

Create the Time

Copyright 2014 Leon Cato Photography

I believe and this keeps me going. I am frustrated with my current photography existence as I have wedged myself into that Mordoor-like Land of Shooting to Eat – while relentlessly neglecting the creation of  my own art. The promised land of  ‘only shoot what you love and we’ll pay you loads” is there in the distance. Not sure how distant – but I know its there. I suspect there are many others caught up in this exact situation as I speak. As a matter of fact I know this to be true.

But  I know I will not get to the promised land if things don’t change, which leads me to this realisation/reminder. Career development and personal work are absolutely critical. Critical. I was reminded of this over the last week as I managed to squeeze in a bit of time to watch other photographers talk, demonstrate and teach. No, I didn’t go to some cool conference, I watched this on my iPhone on the way home from shooting what I call “paid work’. Also, these videos played in the background on my PC as I edited said “paid work” photographs. So here is my problem.

1) Not investing in career development. Even accessing information via my iPhone is not enough of a part of  my routine. I may not be able to justify spending $1,000 on attending a conference but my internet and 4G data plans are paid up – so why am I not using them more? Not to mention, I am not taking advantage of my  various trade publication subscriptions, free and low cost training opportunities, museum visits, etc, etc.

2) Shooting – MY work. While doing my bi-monthly data back-up exercise today, I stumbled upon some of my older work. Man I used to shoot a lot of personal work! I was pretty ruthless about getting in portraits for my own development and plain enjoyment. Although I do get the occasional portrait for me once in a while, this has slowed down tremendously. Bad times.

So what’s happened? When I decided to go full time with photography I operated in survival mode for several years. Even though now I am actually making a living income with my camera, I am still locked in that survival mode and grabbing as much money as possible. Time for my work will come later. Also, making money and actually affording to do things like buy yourself an occasional beer or two starts to feel pretty good. Especially after feeling the pangs of the starving artist.

But the real truth is that that running around shooting like a maniac to get paid will only give you a new version of the day job you left. For this reason my goal is to fit the personal work and career development into my schedule. Its the only way. Unless this journey will have never reached its potential.

- Leon

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Snowscapes

It has been snowing quite a bit in NY. And it has been cold. So the snow just hangs around overstaying its welcome. Figured I would make the most of it and take a few snaps.

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Copyright 2014 Leon Cato Photography

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Being

From the Leon Cato “Lost Tapes” Photography Archives…London, Planet Earth

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Oh So Grand…

Another shot from the Leon Cato Photography Vault. Funny, I was not going to release this shot – but made a few tweaks and kind of fell in love with it. This was taken during a trip to Grand Central to scout it out as a possible wedding venue. And in the end, yes, I married my beautiful wife at Grand Central Station.

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Portrait of a Hood

Not ‘Hood’ in that overused bastardised sense. Just a neighbourhood – Fort Hamilton, BK

 

 

 

 

 

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Emergence

Union Square – NYC

Copyright 2013 – Leon Cato Photography

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Black

The only constant is change.

One thing that I am glad hasn’t changed is the relationship with ddubble. Despite the distance we are still managing to connect to create out of the ordinary art experiences and the 3+ year working relationship is going strong.. Some new stuff on the horizon – but in the meantime check out a tune they released recently. The artwork completed by yours truly.

ddubble site : BLACK

Oh and download the tune while you are at it – good for the soul:

Amazon : BLACK track

Peace,

Leon

 

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Onward…

It has been way too long since I have touched base. I even missed the obligatory Happy New Year blog post. Ah well, lets look onward…like the couple in this shot…

Love and blessings,

Leon

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In the most unexpected places…

A childhood friend of mine Armand Salmon has immersed himself in photography over the last few years. As he is certainly obsessed (which is a darned good thing), he finds some wicked shots in the most unexpected places. For example his Streets of New York project is by far some of the most unique NYC street photography I have seen in a while. But one of his most interesting projects is called Supermarket – shots of people doing the requisite food shopping. Check it out…

Supermarket

Also, check out his 500px page  while you are at it – enjoy!

Peace,

Leon

 

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