I spent the last 3 months of 2016 preparing for going all in on my on going documentary on photography in 4K. Early December my YouTube channel that I started in 2005 was compromised due to a duplicate email and after months of emails with google I put the idea I had for youtube.. still filming but haven't uploaded anything while I decide on what I want to do. So I shifted most of my attention to Instagram.. played the age old insta game of hashtags posting nothing that would be against the guidelines and earlier this week I opened the app to post a photo and I had a alert from Instagram that someone from Romania tried to access my account and prompted me to make a new password. I did that and insanely my account is now "shadowbanned"
im glad I don't depend on social media for a living. A friend said it best.. you are at mercy of the platform. That's why I stress to creatives I talk with to have a legit website, majority does not have one. Even though Facebook is strongest social, claiming that as use for your website is a very bad idea.
The past 6 months I have put a lot of work into a couple social platforms.. it's absolutely true that's where most people are when online. I want as many eyes to see my work. I remind myself to not respect one form of distribution over the other.
I look at having a website as it were to photographers making books and having shows. Even though that still, a website is the world of the creator. I started having things backwards and had focused on a platform when the platform is not focused on me.
bsmitty.com is my platform for my photographs and the creative process. You will be able to find photos here, videos (most likely using fb), my thoughts, prints/books. I will be using social platforms to distribute. Not dedicate.