Another month rolls around at the same time as another work week comes to an end so it’s time for a quick look around the photography world to see what’s what. Before I do that however, let me remind you that the desktop calendar for April was posted yesterday. You can get at by following this link where you’ll find a choice of 8 different sizes. The photograph is of the East Mebon temple in Cambodia.
Starting of this week’s links is Mitchell Kanashkevich with the post entitled Dear Aspiring Travel Photographer. In it he looks at three common questions he often receives via email – Can you give me advice on how to become a travel photographer and how to make a living from it? Can you look at my photos and tell me what you think, give me critique? Can you share your story? Tell me how you got to where you are? Most travel photographers probably receive similar questions at times – I know I do – and Mitchell provides some good answers that anyone interested in this field of photography should take note of.
Over at the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP) Mario talks about community connections. Suggesting that collaboration is part of our DNA, he offers suggestions and invites discussion as to how this can be better facilitated.
The Importance of Play is a post by Sabrina Henry on a topic that is all too often overlooked. In fact, having fun can often be the best way to learn as Sabrina shows in her excellent blog post.
On the funding side of things, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is now open for 2011 applicants. The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is an annual grant of $30 000 presented to provide photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays. Applications close May 31st.
Still on the theme of funding, Rob Haggart at A Photo Editor chats with Tomas Van Houtryve about his project 21st Century Communism and its funding via emphas.is. There are still a few days to go for pledges to be made to enable Tomas to reach his goal. I was one of the early backers of this project and urge you to contribute a bit as well.
Finally, Jeffrey Chapman and David duChemin have just announced the first Within The Frame tour for 2012. They will be heading to Lalibela, Ethiopia, along with more than 50,000 pilgrims, for Orthodox Christmas. More information and details can be found at the link and I’d suggest you book early as this will surely sell out quickly.