A Note About What’s Next for LPV

©Jan Cieslikiewicz

We’ve wrapped up Issue 4. Baring any unforeseen circumstances it’ll be released next week. It’s been nearly six months since we published a print issue. I didn’t plan to have such a long time period between issues but it just happened. Issue 4 was the most challenging thus far and in many ways the most rewarding. I’ve learned some valuable lessons that have shaped how I’m going to proceed in the future.

When I started down the path of publishing a print magazine I wasn’t sure exactly how it’d play out, or if it would be something I’d continue to pursue long term. It’s been just over a year since we launched but in internet time, that means a lot has changed. As can be expected more and more magazines are popping up, both in print and online. It’s incredibly difficult to differentiate yourself and build an audience, which means anyone serious about publishing needs to continually push themselves. The last thing I want to do is waste your time. There’s always room for improvement and innovation, but most importantly, for me there’s room to be more focused. I need to focus more clearly on exactly what I want to say through LPV.

As I look back on it, it’s been a year of big changes. I went from freelancing to a full time job that I find rewarding, but also time consuming. I’ve also spent months and months editing and thinking about my own work which has impacted how I feel about editing LPV.

I mentioned in The Digest a few weeks ago that it’s becoming tougher for me to separate my own work with LPV. It’s all apart of the same thought process at this point. When I look at blogs and magazines, I tend to divide them up between those that are run by individuals actively pursuing their own photography, and those run by people who are moving more down an editorial/critical/curatorial path. Is that an important distinction? Probably not, but right now I more closely relate to the perspective of the photographer.

Some of the most interesting and inspiring conversations I’ve had with photographers the last couple of years have been about the creative challenges of the photographic process, from choosing projects and subject matter, to editing, book making, publishing, and the madness of the internet. I don’t think I’ve done as good a job as I can in bringing the essence of those conversations to LPV, so I’m going to try to focus on that a bit more.

For the last six months I’ve been editing a body of work for a book I plan to publish this year. It’s been a struggle, but also a very illuminating experience. I plan on writing about the process in the next couple of months. My gut feeling is that many of you will relate to the challenges I’ve experienced, so hopefully we’ll be able to open up a dialogue about the process.

From the beginning, LPV has been an integral part of my photography education. Now I see that education moving into a new stage and I expect that to be reflected through LPV. Stay tuned! And please, feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or are interested in collaborating.