A photographer with more than 300,000 followers who lists Sony and Adobe as his clients has announced his plan to quit photography. After 10 years, he says he is no longer excited by it: “I’ve done so many shoots, so many trips, so many pictures. I just want to move on.”
Taking to his Facebook page, Paris-based photographer Victor Habchy revealed he had grown tired of taking pictures. Despite a successful, decade-long career, he insists: “It is time for me to quit.”
Habchy has worked for big brands such as Adobe. He also represented Sony in France on the Team Alpha project. His impressive works have helped him acquire a following of over 300,000 on Facebook.
Habchy says his career was never intentional, but rather something he decided to pursue after finding viral success with a series of images he took at Burning Man Festival. After an overnight surge in interest, some of which were paid opportunities from print publications, Habchy decided to try pursuing it professionally.
At first, I didn’t even [know] I could earn money […] Then I went to the Burning Man, probably the biggest turning point of my career. I posted the pictures online and went to sleep. The next morning, my mailbox was filled with request[s] from newspaper[s], with model[s] who wanted to meet, with messages of people saying how much they loved my pictures. It simply became viral. I was overwhelmed.
It was in the following years that Habchy was enlisted for jobs with such high profile clients — and it’s easy to see why. Alas, he claims it is time for pastures new. “I loved every single moment of it… but it is time for me to quit,” he wrote. “Because I’ve done so many shoots, so many trips, so many pictures,” he writes. “I just want to move on.”
Speaking to PetaPixel, Habchy seems optimistic and says he has plenty of other interests to get excited about – including making bread. But until he tries his hand at that, Habchy tells me he is currently cycling the world, more than 7000km, starting in Paris and visiting Istanbul, China and Bali.
All images courtesy, and used with permission of, Victor Habchy.