Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

Some of you know I’m a car guy. In fact, I run a car-related blog called I collect cars. I race cars. I love cars. I’m passionate about anything related to cars.

In racing there’s a very old saying – “You can’t fake fast.” I’ve heard it a million times. I understand it. I believe it. I love to go fast. There’s no feeling like it. I’m not racing much these days, but once in a while I still get on the track by myself and do laps. I’m a lucky guy. I’ve driven cars at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour. At that speed you’re moving at a rate of a football field per second. You can’t fake that. You’re either going fast or you’re not.

What’s this got to do with photography?

It’s a lead in to my next old but true statement.

You can’t fake passion. You either have it or you don’t. You either have passion for photography or your subjects or both or you don’t.

…a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept
…intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction
…an object of desire or deep interest

If you are truly passionate about something, your interest in it comes naturally. It’s the driving force behind my life in photography and the role passion plays in photography is going to be the central theme of my platform talk at Skip’s Summer School in Chicago, IL this August.

I’ve never shared this program before and will likely never share it again – so if you’re interested in it, be sure to sign up for Skip’s Summer School now. There are still seats available. For information visit

P.S. I have two and two only 50% off passes for this event to give away to my followers. If you have a genuine need and want the code to sign up for 50% off – send me an email to [email protected] no later than July 4, 2012, 5:00 PM PST. I’ll select two of you and give you the code. You’ll have 72 hours to register from that point. If you do not, then the code will deactivate so please don’t ask for a discount if you don’t have genuine need or genuine intention to attend. This offer is only available to someone who has NOT yet signed up. The reason for that is simple. I am looking for someone who has a financial need so great they couldn’t sign up based on the current price. If you already signed up – your need isn’t that great. I’m really hoping to help someone who needs a jumpstart and who is willing to show they’re sincere by paying half the cost of the ticket and expenses. I’ll make sure the other half of the ticket cost gets covered.


Remember: The Photos Live Even As We Fade Away…