So I'm a fairly middle-of-the-pack young writer, building a portfolio toward my MFA apps. I spent my undergrad years working under a number of very highly regarded poets (resisting the urge to name-drop here) who have written me excellent recommendations in advance and are supportive of my writing efforts. Opinion on my work so far is favorable. Some within my circle of writing friends are already starting to publish and I've always assumed that I'd follow them down that path once I'm ready.
Yet for the past couple of years I've found myself stalling for time, and have completely invested myself -- emotionally and financially -- into photography instead, with no formal training in it at all. I've been very serious about improving, and I've been doing so fairly rapidly and have even gotten a some pieces placed into a few shows here and there. I'm certain that I'm at least fairly competent by now. And if you asked me right now whether I prefer spending the day in front of the keyboard writing or out on the streets with a camera, I'd choose the camera any day the weather permits, just like I've been doing since I've picked up photography.
I still enjoy writing, and I'd be satisfied dedicating myself to either writing or photography. I'm much better prepared to pursue an MFA in writing, but my current momentum is in photography. However, is it actually feasible for me to pursue an MFA in photography without a BA in photography (or even anything related to the visual arts), without any connections, and without the equivalent of all the workshop experience I've accumulated as a writer (learned under many truly excellent working poets)? I'm become pretty astute at evaluating my own work as a writer, but I don't feel I've developed the same kind of critical faculty in photography yet, so how do I know that I'm not just fooling myself? (Samples: one
.) Lastly, I'm pursuing an MFA for artistic reasons, not for career ones, so how would I go about finding an MFA program in photography that's not geared toward commercial photography and/or photojournalism? Or is it more sensible to treat photography as a hobby or a passing phase, and work on exploiting my contacts and experience as a writer to continue on the path toward a completing a writing MFA? (Either way I go on this, I feel that setting aside time for an MFA is vital to helping me define my own goals and aesthetics as an artist.)
I can see myself "settling down" into writing at a later point in life even if I leave it for a while, but I feel that it's now or never to decide on doing photography seriously. I won't be able to alway keep up with putting in kind of physical energy to be out there with a camera day-in and day-out (I do street photography), and my youth is already starting to pass me by...