01.01.2019 – All those ones! Beginnings!
It’s a new year, 365 possibilities lie ahead. What will we do with them? What will we create?
For me creation is the source, the inspiration, that gives me so much that is my reason for being. I live to create photographs, stories, and even time spent with family and friends, that’s creative too, as we share stories.
In the new year, I plan to create even more photographs and stories, plus continue to teach others what I know about making photographs. I believe we can never have too much to offer, we can never give away too much that it threatens what we are. No one is going to ever replace us–we each have a unique vision and sharing what we know is important, so that others have the tools to create their own works.
So, share what you know with everyone who asks. Put it to others how you do what you do, fearlessly. Because people are eager to learn, and there are no secrets.
There’s only creation, including getting others the inspiration and tools to create their own.
If you are making photographs, find a gallery or office lobby or coffeeshop that hangs local art and have a show. Get your work in front of others and showcase your vision. You have something to say that I can never say. Because you are you, and see in your unique way.
If you are thinking about gear, either get it, or forget it. And get shooting. Photographers make photographs. Most cameras these days are quite capable. Put them in the hands of a pro, and you’ll see it’s not the camera. So, you be the pro. Get out there and shoot. Learn from your successes and don’t show the photographs that don’t work. That don’t tell a unique story.
Great editors make great photographers. Edit your work tightly. The less you show, the better the collection is. Don’t show two of the same thing–you’re the storyteller, why are you repeating yourself? You’re the artist, which one do you like–show that one. It’s not the viewer’s job to make the choice.
That way, the viewer knows they’re in good hands, of a competent storyteller.
You can shoot by pounding the pavement–it’s great exercise, bring comfortable shoes–or on your way to work out the car window. Whatever works.
But make art. Be the visionary. Give the world your view. Because we need it and no one can give it your way but you!
Happy New Year, 2019! Here’s to great light!