Yesterday the internet went crazy when it was announced Taylor Swift pulled all of her music from the popular music streaming service Spotify. A lot of speculations and rumors started running around the web on the reasons why it happened. Some said she just wanted to create a buzz, some said she wanted to just increase album sales and some said she just wanted to make a statement. And how this story is even related to the photography world, you ask yourself?
While this story have nothing to do with photography directly, the idea behind it is something we can all relate to and learn from. When Taylor Swift herself spoke about the issue on WSJ, she pretty much nailed it in one simple sentence - and we as photographers should take it all to heart.
"Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art." - Taylor Swift
Now, it doesn't matter if you love Taylor or love her less - go back and read it again, and just change the word "music" to "photography". When she's right she's right. We should all listen to what she has to say - if not as a musician, at least as one of the most successful people in the world. Time to start valuing your own work and never sell yourself short. Starting now.