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Shantanu Starick: How I Went Two Years Without Spending Any Money

About this presentation

Creatives are rewarded for being specialized: a wedding photographer makes more money than a just a plain photographer. So why aren’t the jack-of-all-trades rewarded? In this 99U talk, photographer Shantanu Starick shares how removing money out of the creative process led to a wider array of jobs and a much more fulfilling freelance career.

About Shantanu Starick

Shantanu Starick is an international photographer challenging the way creative professionals work in a modern environment.

In 2012 he started The Pixel Trade project, a photographic journey to all seven continents of the globe. In exchange for life’s basic necessities Starick trades his skills as a professional photographer, reintroducing the bartering system into day-to-day life. No currency, no contracts, only his camera and an eager smile.

Halfway through the second year of the project Starick has set foot on four continents capturing leading designers and chefs in New York City, chewed on mangrove worms with Indigenous communities in rural Australia, traversed Irish farmlands with an injured ankle and came face to face with Atlas Mountain goats, who strongly suggested they share his fruit salad.


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Comments (2)
  • TestifyTruth

    Great talk! Can I get a link to the finale photo? Thanks.

  • Henry Duane Gaskins

    Well, this is what happened to me:

  • Jamel

    pretty awesome. thanks for sharing

  • Revolutional Minds

    I’m not quite sure I understood what he was trying to say.

    Is he saying that you could get by without spending my by trading different types of values?

  • Marissa

    Could you please add Closed Captioning for the Deaf/HOH? I think that’s great that you are trying to spread knowledge and share your personal experiences about money, but unfortunately not everyone will get to learn this due to no CC. It is so important to be mindful of others and have videos like this accessible for every individual being.

  • MattBurnin

    Great video worth watching, sometimes you have to look at things diffferently

  • Madiha Saeed

    He could not have said it better, not a lot of people will agree but he is spot on!

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