Adam Lee – Career building and networking.
Adam Lee is a freelance photographer based in Liverpool, UK. Although this talk was beneficial, stressing the importance of networking and getting your name out there and being recognised by as many people as possible I could not help but feel that he had a big hand in getting where he is today because one of the ladders he climb on was that of his mother, Sara Maitland who is an author and commissioned Adam to take photographs for her books, this undoubtedly has helped Adam a great deal, getting his images out in the media world and getting them recognised. Adam spoke of a time that he was doing a personal project on a farm in the middle of nowhere when after several weeks he was approached by someone in the village and commissioned to do some photography work, this ultimately lead onto other commissioned work. He was definitely in the right place at the right time. Adam also covered a project on the street names in Blackpool, the insight to this project was to see who or where the street names derived from, this was commissioned by Blackpool Museum and was documented as part of the Museum in the Making event held at Winter Gardens. Another project that Adam was commissioned for was the Bentilee Neighbourhood, this was a group of individuals, both adults and children from Bentilee, Stoke on Trent, focusing on growing up in the area.
Adam is Chair of the Board of Directors of LOOK: Liverpool International Photography Festival in Liverpool which is running from 7/4/2017 until 14/5/2017. This is an event that I would be interested in attending but I personally think I would go to the launch night, this would give me a better chance of networking, something that Adam stressed several times during his talk, along with the importance of being ‘visible’ in the community, working for free getting involved with different events and eventually you will get commissioned to do work at which time you will start to earn, Adam has documented several events all of which have helped him to get to where he is today, I will definitely take some points of this talk away with me, Networking is important, the willingness to do things that get you noticed, all eventually lead to climbing the ladder to success.
Thank You for the insight into your life Adam and thank you for the talk.