This eats at me. I write about this subject in one form or another because I know it's heavy on the mind of many of you. Me too. We strive to make important images. Because of our psychological make up, part of that revolves around authenticity as a benchmark for importance. We hear that word authenticity used a whole great big bunch lately. It's been co-opted by marketers. It's been used in different contexts and it's been misused. But at it's core, authenticity in photography has to do with being true to yourself. Young people especially … [Read more...] about Authentic Photographs & The People Who Make Them
I've had the honor of mentoring several talented, driven, hard-working and gifted people over the last few years. As they all struggle to find their own way, I find myself giving them each the same advice - follow your heart. Be true to yourself. Do what you love. Be your authentic self. Then something astonishing happened. One of my protges asked me this simple question: "How do I know if I'm being my authentic self?" It's one of those questions I thought I knew the answer to right away. But then as I thought about it, I realized, it could … [Read more...] about Photography Point Of View – Shooting As Your Authentic Self
I have written on this topic before and must admit, it's a hot button for me. Since it's on my mind I don't know what to do about it other than to write about it. I am disturbed at the relentless pursuit of something "new" by younger photographers. Don't get me wrong. I love innovation. I've proven it. Nobody stays up with changing communications and camera technologies any more than I do. But when I hear new photographers say things like, "Ah that's old and tired. I want to try something new" I am concerned. I am wondering if in the pursuit … [Read more...] about Don’t Let The Pursuit of New Stop You From Being YOU!