CHASE JARVIS NEW iPHONE APP, BOOK, COMMUNITY
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I am floored, speechless, amazed and inspired by something I can’t even get my brain quite around yet, although to the gazillions already downloading Chase Jarvis’ “The Best Camera” Apple iPhone application and book of his iPhone images, as well as those many who are uploading and sharing their iPhone pix on Chase’s new community site it probably seems bloody obvious. See what I’m talking about here: thebestcamera.com – The Best Photos
So what is the new business model for photographers? We’ve been riding a razor rollercoaster through this down economy combined with the rise of “free” as a suposed way to engage with the digital revolution. Give your work away for free has been the clarion call, especially among the undereducated mobs of young people struggling to break into a career in photography. I’ve been asking here on my blog as well as at my talks around the country, and brainstorming at my workshops, to find solutions to the onslaught of the free thinking as to what could be a viable model for making a living as a photographer. What’s wrong with copyright law? Why do we suddenly need to give away all we worked for because of disruptive new technology that has created cheaper distribution methods?
Well, Chase has just shown the way forward. Raised the bar a skyscraper’s height, but still, he has shown how to take the new media of social networking and create something financially rewarding AND actually meaningful because people responded, en masse, to participate. And anytime you can create a community around something you have shown that you are doing something worth doing.
We all need to pay attention to this development. I mark it as the most significant synthesis of new media thinking and action within the photo community since… Photoshop?? Well, you can decide if I’m smoking something or not for yourself, but please check out what Chase is doing, it’s truly groundbreaking.