Transform – a Short Film for Photographers

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If you have 10 minutes check out this fantastic short film – Transform – by photographer Zack Arias talking about some of his struggle with his photography.

Don’t let the light hearted first couple of minutes put you off – it gets quite…. powerful.

Check out the full sized version here. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • I’m not sure how something can be so sad and yet optimistic at the same time, but I’m thankful I just watched it. Thank you for posting this.

  • John

    Wow… That has to be one of the most intense things I have witnessed in a long time. It is as if Zack is speaking personally to every photographer ever.

  • Rochelle

    That was awesome… I really appreciated this…

  • This is great. Full of reality and inspiration. Thanks!

  • Well I definitely needed that. I’ve been feeling that funk lately, and I always forget to measure my progress by my own accomplishments, and not by the accomplishments of the Already Successful. It’s funny, sometimes people compliment my photography and all I can think about is how that picture doesn’t look nearly as good as Whoever’s.

    A good reminder. A good reminder.

  • Nathan

    This was one of the best videos I’ve ever seen. I can really relate to the different seasons of photography. Zack has a way of breaking things down and identifying the “elephant in the corner.” Powerful and inspirational.

  • Great video. Like I was listening myself…. Thank you. It was such pleasure to watch&listen it. Great job!

  • Paul

    I hate Flash…

    Is there a direct link to the file somewhere?

    Thanks

    Paul

  • Wow, just wow.

  • @paul: If you click through to the blip.tv page there’s several options for downloading…
    Quicktime .mov
    MPEG-4 .m4v

    Really inspiring video, thanks for sharing with us!

  • Needed this just now….

    Thank you!

  • I felt he was speaking to me on all levels, not just photography. I get into the same funk with my work in information management.

  • Taras

    sensitive american crap

  • Whats the background song?

  • Lou

    Lots of great questions to ask yourself in this video. I joined a photography club about nine months ago. Its been great as it keeps me shooting and keeps me learning, however; I was falling into the trap of comparing my work to those of much more experience and better equipment. As “a husband” says above, I need to remind myself to measure my work against myself. This was very thought provoking and on a rainy day in Georgia I needed this. Thanks Zack.

    Lou

  • Kevin

    Thanks for this, it was heartenng!!!!

  • WOW. This guy totally spoke for me … and to me … sharing so much of himself in the process. What a way to motivate. I loved it! Please feature him more often. Good stuff!!! Thanks.

  • Riyazi

    This was just awesome – just awesome ! !

  • Heidi

    That was amazing!

  • purpleflake

    Wow, what a powerful video! I agree with Dawn@MyHomeSweetHome about it being both sad; yet optimistic. All I can say is thanks Zack for being so insightful.

  • The darkest motivational talk I’ve ever heard. Magnificent, and I’m real glad you posted it.

  • Nicolette
  • Lori

    Wow! I am one of those crappy beginners. Pretty inspiring video. Thank you.

  • Chris, the song is “Window” by Zack’s talented wife, Meghan. You can see a little more info and a link to download the tune on Zack’s blog here:

    http://www.zarias.com/?p=288

    This is a fantastic video from a great guy! (and a great photographer!)

  • Awesome!

  • did he say “insationable“?

  • JD

    This goes beyond photography. Thanks so much Zack!

    In Oneness…

  • I think we’ve all had these moments and it helps to know we are not alone. I’d like to thank Zack for sharing a portion of his soul with us.

  • That open my eyes to see from someone else prospective why I fill the passion for photography that I got. Thanks for sharing.

  • steve

    great video… great insight…great production too

  • Brovo Bro,
    You really made the moving works go well with the eloquent speech.
    I am in love with the long weird world, and the times it sucks, are so powerful.
    You rip and tear a muscle as the weights are lifted. This is called a work out. Makes you strong.
    Your timelapsey is wonderful, I am moving in those directions with my interest, and found yours inspiring.
    I am 28 and fight and fail at the edge of coins for shutter clicks today. Adventure is my frame.
    Residing in Portland watching the grey, cashing the last of the unemployment checks.
    Sights on Guyana for a big break, and the ability to spread word about the earth.

    This was very good for me to see right now.
    Thank you so much for your art.

    Travis-

  • Loner

    This 10 minute video by Zack Arias is very very depressing…….arrrrggghhh…why do this to us? Isn’t life full of crap without more of it on a 10 minute video? Damn!

  • There aren’t many people willing to be so honest. And his words were a good reminder of just how far the greatest of every profession has come from a beginning where they “sucked”. I hope I can always remain so honest.

    But, he did not seem to ask the right question. In the end, how important is a photo? I don’t mean the end of his life, or mine, or yours. I mean, at time’s end, what do all those photos, those trillions of pictorial representations mean? Will any of them last for eternity? Can someone find their whole purpose in images?

    Or, to get to the metaphysical point, can souls of people, that last forever, find their life’s purpose in a picture? A great man named Ravi Zacherias once said, “The loneliest place in the world is when you’ve accomplished the one thing you thought would bring your entire life meaning, and it doesn’t.”

    Zack Arias will continue to dip into his winter funk, until he finds that something bigger than photography to satisfy him.

  • Thanks for sharing. LR

  • This was a great video by Zack.
    It was great to see and know that even the pro’s also have their days when they don’t want to pick up that camera and shoot.

  • Tom L

    If there wasn’t that ray of sun at the 8 minute mark, I might have driven off the road and right into a post. Truly well done.
    And the beginning bits – really funny! Not crap. Thanks Zack.

  • It was worth waking up today just to see this video
    I have nothing else to say

  • unfo

    Finally got around to watching this. Amazing advice for anyone, not just photographers!

  • Thank you. This really puts life into perspective.

  • That was exactly what I needed to hear. As great as the Internet is for its information it can also get depressing when you are able to compare your photos to the “Top 5 Photographers in the World”. I too have almost stopped taking photos because I felt as if I was ripping off my clients. Compared to my work from 10 years ago or even 5 years ago or even last year, I feel as if I am not as crappy as I used to be. 🙂 Thanks so much for this video. PS. The sights of Atlanta made me homesick.

  • Susie

    Very thought provoking, I have actually started to feel better about my photography but only after I stopped comparing myself to everyone else out there – I’m going to play this to my students at college too as they all need to hear this from someone other than me!

Some Older Comments

  • Susie May 12, 2009 03:48 am

    Very thought provoking, I have actually started to feel better about my photography but only after I stopped comparing myself to everyone else out there - I'm going to play this to my students at college too as they all need to hear this from someone other than me!

  • Toni W April 8, 2009 05:42 am

    That was exactly what I needed to hear. As great as the Internet is for its information it can also get depressing when you are able to compare your photos to the "Top 5 Photographers in the World". I too have almost stopped taking photos because I felt as if I was ripping off my clients. Compared to my work from 10 years ago or even 5 years ago or even last year, I feel as if I am not as crappy as I used to be. :) Thanks so much for this video. PS. The sights of Atlanta made me homesick.

  • Glenn Biclar April 7, 2009 06:01 pm

    Thank you. This really puts life into perspective.

  • unfo March 28, 2009 12:37 pm

    Finally got around to watching this. Amazing advice for anyone, not just photographers!

  • Gazhel March 11, 2009 03:30 pm

    It was worth waking up today just to see this video
    I have nothing else to say

  • Tom L March 8, 2009 03:26 am

    If there wasn't that ray of sun at the 8 minute mark, I might have driven off the road and right into a post. Truly well done.
    And the beginning bits - really funny! Not crap. Thanks Zack.

  • Debby March 7, 2009 10:32 am

    This was a great video by Zack.
    It was great to see and know that even the pro's also have their days when they don't want to pick up that camera and shoot.

  • Linda Russo March 7, 2009 02:56 am

    Thanks for sharing. LR

  • Ryan March 6, 2009 12:20 pm

    There aren't many people willing to be so honest. And his words were a good reminder of just how far the greatest of every profession has come from a beginning where they "sucked". I hope I can always remain so honest.

    But, he did not seem to ask the right question. In the end, how important is a photo? I don't mean the end of his life, or mine, or yours. I mean, at time's end, what do all those photos, those trillions of pictorial representations mean? Will any of them last for eternity? Can someone find their whole purpose in images?

    Or, to get to the metaphysical point, can souls of people, that last forever, find their life's purpose in a picture? A great man named Ravi Zacherias once said, "The loneliest place in the world is when you've accomplished the one thing you thought would bring your entire life meaning, and it doesn't."

    Zack Arias will continue to dip into his winter funk, until he finds that something bigger than photography to satisfy him.

  • Loner March 6, 2009 08:59 am

    This 10 minute video by Zack Arias is very very depressing.......arrrrggghhh...why do this to us? Isn't life full of crap without more of it on a 10 minute video? Damn!

  • A. Sailboat March 6, 2009 08:51 am

    Brovo Bro,
    You really made the moving works go well with the eloquent speech.
    I am in love with the long weird world, and the times it sucks, are so powerful.
    You rip and tear a muscle as the weights are lifted. This is called a work out. Makes you strong.
    Your timelapsey is wonderful, I am moving in those directions with my interest, and found yours inspiring.
    I am 28 and fight and fail at the edge of coins for shutter clicks today. Adventure is my frame.
    Residing in Portland watching the grey, cashing the last of the unemployment checks.
    Sights on Guyana for a big break, and the ability to spread word about the earth.

    This was very good for me to see right now.
    Thank you so much for your art.

    Travis-

  • steve March 4, 2009 09:03 am

    great video... great insight...great production too

  • Robinson March 4, 2009 05:48 am

    That open my eyes to see from someone else prospective why I fill the passion for photography that I got. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brett March 3, 2009 01:53 pm

    I think we've all had these moments and it helps to know we are not alone. I'd like to thank Zack for sharing a portion of his soul with us.

  • JD March 3, 2009 04:34 am

    This goes beyond photography. Thanks so much Zack!

    In Oneness...

  • cavale March 3, 2009 01:31 am

    did he say "insationable"?

  • David Ford March 2, 2009 02:45 pm

    Awesome!

  • Nathan March 2, 2009 08:10 am

    Chris, the song is "Window" by Zack's talented wife, Meghan. You can see a little more info and a link to download the tune on Zack's blog here:

    http://www.zarias.com/?p=288

    This is a fantastic video from a great guy! (and a great photographer!)

  • Lori March 2, 2009 06:48 am

    Wow! I am one of those crappy beginners. Pretty inspiring video. Thank you.

  • Nicolette March 2, 2009 06:31 am

    Inspired by Bloody Mondays and Strawberry Pies perhaps?

  • rhermans March 2, 2009 05:56 am

    The darkest motivational talk I've ever heard. Magnificent, and I'm real glad you posted it.

  • purpleflake March 2, 2009 05:50 am

    Wow, what a powerful video! I agree with Dawn@MyHomeSweetHome about it being both sad; yet optimistic. All I can say is thanks Zack for being so insightful.

  • Heidi March 2, 2009 05:49 am

    That was amazing!

  • Riyazi March 2, 2009 05:06 am

    This was just awesome - just awesome ! !

  • Jodi Renshaw March 2, 2009 04:55 am

    WOW. This guy totally spoke for me ... and to me ... sharing so much of himself in the process. What a way to motivate. I loved it! Please feature him more often. Good stuff!!! Thanks.

  • Kevin March 2, 2009 03:38 am

    Thanks for this, it was heartenng!!!!

  • Lou March 2, 2009 03:11 am

    Lots of great questions to ask yourself in this video. I joined a photography club about nine months ago. Its been great as it keeps me shooting and keeps me learning, however; I was falling into the trap of comparing my work to those of much more experience and better equipment. As "a husband" says above, I need to remind myself to measure my work against myself. This was very thought provoking and on a rainy day in Georgia I needed this. Thanks Zack.

    Lou

  • Chris March 2, 2009 02:03 am

    Whats the background song?

  • Taras March 2, 2009 01:10 am

    sensitive american crap

  • Khürt Williams March 2, 2009 12:32 am

    I felt he was speaking to me on all levels, not just photography. I get into the same funk with my work in information management.

  • e. Coleman March 2, 2009 12:32 am

    Needed this just now....

    Thank you!

  • Joel March 1, 2009 11:08 pm

    @paul: If you click through to the blip.tv page there's several options for downloading...
    Quicktime .mov
    MPEG-4 .m4v

    Really inspiring video, thanks for sharing with us!

  • Dave Kozlowski March 1, 2009 09:31 pm

    Wow, just wow.

  • Paul March 1, 2009 08:31 pm

    I hate Flash...

    Is there a direct link to the file somewhere?

    Thanks

    Paul

  • Szymon March 1, 2009 07:26 pm

    Great video. Like I was listening myself.... Thank you. It was such pleasure to watch&listen it. Great job!

  • Nathan March 1, 2009 03:09 pm

    This was one of the best videos I've ever seen. I can really relate to the different seasons of photography. Zack has a way of breaking things down and identifying the "elephant in the corner." Powerful and inspirational.

  • a husband March 1, 2009 01:52 pm

    Well I definitely needed that. I've been feeling that funk lately, and I always forget to measure my progress by my own accomplishments, and not by the accomplishments of the Already Successful. It's funny, sometimes people compliment my photography and all I can think about is how that picture doesn't look nearly as good as Whoever's.

    A good reminder. A good reminder.

  • Bill Scherer March 1, 2009 12:46 pm

    This is great. Full of reality and inspiration. Thanks!

  • Rochelle March 1, 2009 11:33 am

    That was awesome... I really appreciated this...

  • John March 1, 2009 11:09 am

    Wow... That has to be one of the most intense things I have witnessed in a long time. It is as if Zack is speaking personally to every photographer ever.

  • Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home March 1, 2009 11:03 am

    I'm not sure how something can be so sad and yet optimistic at the same time, but I'm thankful I just watched it. Thank you for posting this.

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