I had started posting slideshows on YouTube just before I moved to Reunion Island. I had found there a way to share my photos with a larger number of people than on my website. Of course, I was already no longer present on Instagram or Facebook. I was quite happy to have finally been able to cut off from social networks, but I still kept a foot in the social sphere.
Today I decided to leave YouTube as well. I think that what I do is not interesting to many people. For several months now I have noticed that the number of visitors is quite low and decreasing. I could say that the niche I occupy is not selling. A guy who takes pictures of Reunion Island with a 10 years old camera … Well, there are better ways to attract people.
You must be thinking “Hey Jeff, what if it’s just from your work? Yes, that could be it too. Which makes me say that I’ve done the whole YouTube thing. I’ve got enough perspective on my work and I know what it’s worth. I also know that it is complicated to be heard because there are so many people doing Street Photography. I never did it to be known or to be recognized.
What will happen to my photos that I used to show in my slideshows? I will try to share more of them on my Blog. It’s true that since I started sharing them on YouTube, I’ve been writing less. I’m not hiding from it. My Blogs were excuses to show you my work. Well, there was some substance to it sometimes, but it allowed me to share with you pictures that I liked. Since I had started to make monthly selections, I was jealously saving photos for YouTube and the quality of the photos in my Blogs was getting poorer…
This wasn’t really what I wanted to do initially when I made my website. My website and my Blog were to be the place where my work would be visible first. I got a bit lost with YouTube as I was with Facebook and Instagram…
So that’s it. I’m refocusing on my site only. Is this the right choice? I don’t know, but in any case, it’s the choice I’m making.
All the photos were made with the Ricoh GRD IV.