Five Day Photo Challenge: Day 2

Author's Note: This post originally appeared on the Unique Photo Blog.

Elephant Trio, Namibia. Photograph by Susan McConnell, Your Shot (via National Geographic)

Today’s Challenge: Make a Friend

As a photographer, or any type of artist for that matter, networking is key. Sure, your photos need to be spectacular, but if you don’t know any like-minded people, it’s going to be pretty difficult to focus on your artwork. By surrounding yourself with other photographers, painters, musicians, and creatives in general, your mind is constantly stimulated to create. “Create” is defined as “to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention,” and without knowing any imaginative people, your product and your passion will suffer.

Don’t let Alvin get you down!

Don’t let Alvin get you down!

“But I don’t know anyone that likes to take pictures!”

The above statement is NOT an excuse for you to leave this challenge incomplete. Find a photography group on LinkedIn. Post a photo on a community message board with your email address. Search Flickr. Tweet a photo and include the #photography hashtag. There are tons of outlets out there for creative people just like you, so buddy up! Why should you have to enjoy your exciting, artsy lifestyle alone?

For today’s challenge, post a photo of your new friend! Okay, it might be difficult if you’re networking online, but we’ll make an exception for those of you with long-distance relationships. You’re welcome to submit a photo of you and an old friend, too (RULE: this photo must be taken by you!)

Now it’s your turn! Find yourself a new shooting buddy and report back to us! Remember to be safe, have fun, and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do! Post your results in the comments below.