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Roger Overall
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Attended Radboud University Nijmegen
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Fun animation, though perhaps pigeon lovers should steer clear
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+Peter Phillips It's a real gem, I think. I'm envious of you. Travelling to Paris often sounds wonderful.
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The Documentary Photographer Podcast – Episode 19: Jonathan Desmond & Roger Overall – Pre-qualifying Your Clients for Documentary Work
In a change from the norm, Canadian photographer Jonathan Desmond takes the reins of the podcast and asks regular host Roger Overall questions about how he approaches documentary photography. In particular, they talk about how to explain to both wedding and...
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Are you creating work that satisfies you as a creative? A question based on +Chris Brogan latest newsletter. One that inspired this cartoon.
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The Documentary Photographer Podcast – Episode 21: Carl Weese and the Case of the Platinum/Palladium Prints
2014 has been a fast year. "Flown by" doesn't cover it. Usain Bolt himself would be left spluttering in the dust cloud left in the wake of 2014. I think Linford Christie (also a sprinter) once said that you have to go on the "B" of the starter pistol's "BAN...
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Inspired by +Chris Brogan newsletter today. You'll have to go over to his website to subscribe to it if you'd like the full context of the drawing.

Chris' email today made me think about the nature of being a creative. For instance, many people dream of being a professional photographer. It's a fine ambition. Sadly, the perceived lifestyle and the real one differ greatly. Professional photographers spend most of their time not taking photographs. And when they do take pictures, it's often to a very strict brief that someone else has written. That's why so many become disillusioned with the job. Well – it's one of the reasons. There are many more why people burn out as photographers.

So, maybe achieving the dream, reaching the end goal of becoming a professional photographer, isn't such a great thing after all?

Perhaps a better ambition is to figure out what appeals about the notion of being a professional photographer and work towards that. I think +Tim Ferriss wrote in one of his books that people don't really want to be millionaires. Instead, they want the millionaire lifestyle – something that could possibly be achieved on a lower budget.

Similarly, do enthusiast photographers really want to become professional photographers, or would they rather enjoy the 5% of things that are really appealing about being a professional? That 5% is possible without changing careers.

Of course, there is one thing that muddies the waters.

Being a professional photographer is wonderful. The 5% makes up for the 95%.

Mostly.

Sometimes.
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Roger I think the sentiments apply to things like a career change or change in job. You can spend years thinking about it and when you finally get there its maybe not what expected. 
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Is your skill set well rounded, or are you top heavy?

To succeed as a creative, I'm starting to think we need more than one way in which to help our clients express themselves and tell their story.
A slack handful of us were clustered around a small table at Filter earlier this week. We were all creatives, each with different strengths. We all acknowledged gaps in our capabilities too. The co...
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There isn’t enough time. It’s a scarce resource. If we want to accomplish anything in our short lives, we have to allocate our time well.

Life coaches have a standard riposte when someone says they don’t have enough time to do something: you’re a lazy sod who can’t be bothered.  It’s not that you don’t have time: you just don’t want to prioritise and give up something else. Sleep, for instance. Or GoT. Or whatever internet activity accumulates into a huge time-sucking blackhole.

To an extent, this is true. If we want to turn our ideas into action, we’ll need to allocate time to do so.

Thing is, we can’t be “on” all the time. The creative mind needs a breather and some feet-up time. Batteries need to be recharged and so on.

Besides, some people have rock-fast commitments that don’t a leave them with much time to begin with. Children, for instance. That doesn’t make it impossible to make time for creative work, but it does make it a whole lot harder.

So where does the balance lie?

Let’s try this: if we break down the big idea into small steps, how small does each step need to be to allow us to make progress with the investment of 30 or 45 or 60 minutes per day?

Me? I can write a blog post in 30 to 45 minutes one day and draw the accompanying cartoon in the same amount of time the next.

What could you do in daily 30-minute increments?
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The Documentary Photographer Podcast – Episode 18: Iesha Small – Documenting Depression
In this episode documentary photographer and teacher Iesha Small talks about her project documenting depression. Iesha explains how her own spell of depression resulted in her taking up photography. She also talks about using text and audio in her work, and...
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Gentian Lulanaj is a wonderful man. He is warm and passionate about his profession. His portraits are mesmerising and his pencil drawings captivating. His studio is one of my favourite places in the world.
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This is really lovely!
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What a beautiful little film. Perfect editing in time to the music at the beginning.

One thing, careful Roger ... Emily will want her own trailer soon ;)
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Sarah talks about the boat she will be rowing around Britain in next year and touches upon the tough medical she has coming up in the latest episode of the Oceans Project podcast
In this episode, Sarah joins us from behind her Hawaiian pizza at a restaurant in Putney. She talks about the design and construction of the boat she'll be rowing around Britain next year. She also touches upon the hard physical and mental aspect of the row. #oceanrowing #rowing #ocean #greatbritishvikingrow #boat #boatbuilding
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Co-founder and creative director at www.storyfoundry.eu
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  • Story Foundry
    Creative Director, 2013 - present
  • Roger Overall Photography
    Photographer & Filmmaker, 2003 - present
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Cork, Ireland
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Photographer, Podcaster, Writer, Filmmaker, Cartoonist — A storyteller by many means.
Introduction
First off: I don't really use Google+. I only maintain my account because if I delete it, it will impact my YouTube channel. Sorry about that. It means I'm the worst type of social media bore here. I post, but I don't interact.

Still want to know about me? Short version: I tell stories. Mostly through images (still and moving), sometimes through audio or doodles. I write as well.

Longer version? I’m a storytelling chameleon. Most of my clients at the moment are enterprise technology companies. I serve them through Story Foundry Ltd. I tell other stories too. Food stories especially. Sometimes people pay me; other times I follow my own interests. That work is over on my portfolio website: www.rogeroverall.net

Documentary photography has played a big part in my professional life. I do less of it now but the interest remains. Occasionally, I’m lucky enough to have a recorded conversation about storytelling through pictures with a photographer from whom I can learn. If it’s your thing, there's more over on The Documentary Photographer (www.thedocumentaryphotographer.net). 
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  • Radboud University Nijmegen
    Anthropology, 1988 - 1993
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