Charlie Mossis creating writing and photography mentorship.
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If you just want to show me that you care but you're not particularly interested in knowing more about photography then this is the tier for you.
($1 is the minimum but you can pledge a higher amount per month if you'd like!)
This is the tier to pick if you're interested in learning more about photography.
You'll get access to my Patreon feed where I'll post behind the scenes photos, insights into things I'm shooting, thoughts from almost a decade in the industry, and musings on the art history of photography.
You'll also get to suggest ideas for articles you'd love to see me write and ask me questions. I'll make sure I'm tipping you off when I hear about opportunities I think you'll find interesting such as photographic competitions.
We'll build a community together based around a shared love of photography and art!
If you pick this tier you'll not only get access to the Creative Community rewards, but you'll also get the ability to contact me directly to ask questions about your work, get feedback on images you've shot, and just generally pick my brains about photography on a one to one basis.
We'll chat either over email or on the Telegram app and I'll try to check in a few times a week to reply to your messages.
My extremely fancy LinkedIn bio says that I’m a driven (and often outspoken) art historian specializing in feminist methodology with a multi-hyphenate career behind me. You’re just as likely to find me writing about the relevance of videogames to women artist’s careers as you are about Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA. I write for various photography and art outlets in the digital and print media, creating engaging content that draws on my commercial photographic experience and history of art education.
In everyday terms that means I love to write and I love to help people learn. My ultimate goal is to become a university lecturer straddling art history and photographic theory, which is why I'm starting a PhD in September (assuming all goes to plan).
I've been running my own photography and writing business for quite a while now - over a decade. In that time I've tried on various hats to see what suits so I have a wide variety of experience in different kinds of photography. At the moment most of my income comes from a combination of writing about photography, stock photography agency work, and commercial photography work. In the past I worked for an e-commerce photography agency and my stock photography work has led me down all kinds of photographic rabbit holes!
But what I love most is teaching. I love teaching people how to use their cameras, but more than that I love teaching people how to create their artistic vision. I think that art is one of the most important things in the world and it pains me greatly that photography is considered such a technically-focussed medium. I'd like to make 'art' more accessible for everyone, especially photographers, and take away some of the mystery and fear.
On a very basic level, the more monthly supporters I have the more secure I am financially. This means I can do two things:
1- Focus on my PhD. It's going to be focussed on portraiture so I will have loads to say about how historic attitudes to portraiture shape the way that we think about photographic portraits today. Studying at postgraduate level is expensive. You do get a government loan but realistically it only covers the fees. I have to cover all my living expenses, conference expenses, travel expenses, book expenses... all while dedicating 40 hours a week to my PhD.
2- Spend more time creating resources to help photographers learn. I have a few projects in the pipeline that I've just not been able to dedicate time to. One is a website that will aim to spread knowledge about women photographers, their history, and the amazing women working in the photographic world today. It aims to bring all women photographers up and support them as part of a rising tide. Secondly I want to write a website and an accompanying book that focusses on product and still life photography. This is really my photographic passion and I'd like to be able to take time out to work on it.
What do you get out of it?
I want to try and create an amazing space where we can all learn together. Where we can celebrate our successes and where we can work out the things that went wrong. I want to instil a passion for art in more photographers, and get photographers out and about into art galleries and exhibitions without feeling like outsiders.
And if you choose the mentorship tier then you get my time every month. Talking about your hopes and fears for photography, asking me about art, and generally getting my advice and feedback on your work so that you can develop as a photographer and move forward.