Being a writer within photography is not particularly glamorous. There is a sense of supporting the artist with some form of written acceptance, but you are secondary. Writing about photography is even more secondary. The photographer gets a large font next to their name, the writer gets a mention in size 8. This is understandable and makes sense as the role of the photographer will always take prominence, and this isn't about font sizes.
The process of being a photographer and a writer become almost crippling in the context of the 'photography world', whatever that seems to be now. If you are both then people have a choice, and if your work isn't immediately understandable then they will pick the other option, writing. This can make quite an impact on the way you feel about your chances of 'making it', whatever that also means. It does affect your productivity as your time is halved. Success usually occurs when it is kept simple.
Through this process of juggling pots and pans, not literally, you need to make a decision as to what is important in order to keep creating and creating happily. One has to fall down for the other to rise. This was precisely my dilemma a few months ago.
The photography world is incredibly selective. I wouldn't say it isn't necessarily the talent that always emerge, it is a field of networks that gets you the self fulfilling fame we all crave, to a certain degree. Creating comes first, but what is your creation if no one passes their judgement. It would be the equivalent of doing something brilliant but no one was there to see it.
Wouldn't that be a shame.
Our actions always seem to be non existent if they are not documented and stamped with approval.
From this dilemma, the photography world seems to be miles away. I forget it even exists. Since dipping in and out of the industry, I have spent much more time making instead of being an ammeter hype man for already known photographers. Creativity appears to have blown up into smithereens and I am picking up the pieces I want to use. It's pretty liberating.
Through this process of removing yourself from the revolving rat race you remove the pressure. You create a land where anything goes. You never know, someone might look and stop or pass right on through. Removing the expectation of acceptance you end up with creativity in it's purest form.