I take inspiration from other photographers all the time.. But it is crazy to me to watch someone copy my locations, style, content, edits, angles, captions… Just everything I do with my photos. It doesn’t upset me, but it does confuse me. Don’t you want to gain recognition for being uniquely talented, not just copying someone else successful?
I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers — do it now.
Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better.
Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up.
Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough."