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15 Sep, 21 tweets, 5 min read
1/ On Emerging NFT Photographers

This will be a relatively shorter thread. I do not claim to be an expert on this topic, but there are more projects and more people in DMs on this topic, so wanted to share some initial thoughts
2/ This thread is not directed at established NFT or offchain photographers.

They are fine, going to have massive audiences and distribution and will do very well.

This is for those trying to get established.
3/ Let's start with the general concept that NFTs and their ecosystem (OpenSea, Foundation, SuperRare) give photographers (as with all artists) a vastly vastly better distribution and demand aggregation system.

First step, read @cdixon on 1,000 true fans

a16z.com/2021/02/27/nft…
4/ Your long-term goal, assuming your career is photography, is to build your 1,000 true fans. It is an unprecedented opportunity for artists.

Let's work through a simple example and assume your passion is photography of butterflies
5/ If, pre-NFTs, if you live in Charlotte or Melbourne or Mumbai or Vilnius and try to distribute your work through physical gallery representation, you are limited by:
a) retail space available in the galleries
b) terrible demand aggregation
6/ In other words, the number of people who live in Vilnius and are passionate about photographs of butterflies and are also going to end up in some random gallery (bc that is where you will be) when you are showing your butterflies are ~0
7/ On the other hand, do I believe that over the next few years there will be 1,000 people online, on OpenSea, obsessed with butterfly photographs, want NFTs, want physical prints, know the species of butterflies, will stretch financially to buy?

YES!
8/ So your job is to make the connection, to find something that speaks to that subset of people (tiny subset is fine, 1,000 is more than enough to have a wonderful career doing exactly what you love) that love and appreciate the same thing you do
9/ This means that for 99.999% of you (the exceptions don't need this advice) you need to FOCUS, at least at first.

I can recognize an Ansel Adams or Robert Doisneau or a Nan Goldin photograph in an instant because they focused, built a unique style.

You should too.
10/ The first big practical question is do you build a collection or do you do 1/1s.

There are both good choices and in time you will do both, but in the beginning it is best to pick one.
11/ Twin Flames by @justinaversano has basically invented the format for collections in photography.

Most of you should have 30 to 50 pieces, tightly focused. Twin Flames is just twins. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, it is awesome to scroll through it.
12/ I repeat this because it is important. The whole needs to be greater than the sum of the parts. If it is not, it is not a collection
If Justin had a photo of twins and then some cool man on the street photos, well he is still a great photographer but the collection is meh
13/ A lot of you have picked up the idea of the collections (good) but they are mostly not focused enough (bad).

Unless you are extraordinary, a collection of "urban cityspaces" is not differentiated. How many times have we seen cool pictures of skyscrapers in Shanghai?
14/ The general rule of collections is "go narrower'.

There is very nice and very boring photography coming out now.

Give the people something they have not seen before. Give them your unique vision. Go tighter, go focused, find your 1,000 fans.
15/ The other approach is to go 1/1s. Here you are @GuidoDisalle or @aylaelmoussa, you are releasing very few photos, only your absolute best and you are patient. You have to let the market catch up with you.

Again you need a theme/style, but in a different way.
16/ Pricing.

For collections, if you are unknown, you should price low and with 'buy now'. Nobody has time for your auction my fren.

For 1/1s, you should price higher but still very reasonably at first and as demand grows, *slowly* increment up.
17/ Remember you are playing a 10, 20, 30 year game.

So you want to build a base of loyal collectors who both love the art but also feel they have picked well economically (even if they never sell).

Play the long game on this
18/ Lastly, community, 1,000 true fans.

Almost none of us are as social as @justinaversano.

But I think all of you can think about the 1,000 true fans and what it means if they are on a journey with you for decades.
19/ Maybe for example, you discuss with them, which country you are going to go shoot butterflies next.

Maybe they will have ideas.

Maybe they will be aficionados of butterflies and help you with tips. And so.
20/ To be clear, you don't have to do anything. You can just shoot and mint and that is also OK. But the opportunity is there if you want to do "more" where "more" is whatever works for you. Unlike in tradart you have easy ongoing access to your collectors and community!
21/ Good luck out there! We can't wait to see what you can do!

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