Monday, October 06, 2014

Inspired


"It’s just about letting the universe know what you want and working toward it while letting go of how it might come to pass." 
Jim Carrey


I'm always about my photography because it brings me immense joy. I surround myself with all things photographic. I love the pursuit of an excellent image and the fact that my definition of an excellent image changes, as I change. I find that exciting. I begin each day admiring the breathtaking images of our planet from the grand vistas to its smallest most obscure scenes. I take note of the artist and enjoy reading about their own pursuits and philosophies. I live to be surrounded by it. 
I do everything I can to evolve into the photographer I see myself being. I practice, I study, I'm constatanly taking notes and I shoot every chance I can. Seeking out new and intriguing landscapes is always on my mind. I let my curiosity be my guide. I'd call it hard work but in truth, I love every minute of it. I do this in between a 40 hour work week as a surgical technician.
I watched a very interesting interview with Art Wolfe the other day, a photographer I admire greatly and find very inspiring on numerous levels. (Thanks to Karen Hutton and Laurie Rubin) Art said something that I thought was immensely profound . That he was very protective of his own psychology. The more I thought about that the more it made complete sense. With a painterly analogy,  you can't create glowing, brilliant images with dirty water. 
This past year, I found myself consciously doing the same, protecting my psychology. I separated myself from those who sought to do harm to my creative thinking. I stopped reading and engaging those who constantly complained or posted "rants" about the negative nature of the business and people in it. I stopped engaging in the business of "what others were doing" and concentrated more on celebrating the successes others shared. I purposely sought out those photographers whose works, words and philosophies exude brightness, lightness and inspiration. 
THAT small change brought about the most positive and successful (defined by myself) year to date as a photographer. Everything this year just simply fallen into place and I had opportunities present themselves that I'd never dreamed of. My first major paycheck, major publications,  workshop offers, interviews, it just all came pouring in. I have no doubt I brought about this change myself.

Simply by letting go…



One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein:

"The most important question you can ever ask is if the universe is a friendly place"

Well ?   Is it?