Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hello there, friend,

A few weeks ago, I was listening to another photographer talking about her business and her art. Some of what she said was helpful, but she said one thing that really struck me. She was so insistent on photographing everything in her life that her husband often has to tell her to put down the camera, step away from the computer, and come be with her family. Here is this photographer who I greatly admire, but who's trading her life for her art.

I've come to realize I don't want to do that. Yes, I consider myself an artist, and I love creating and working and pushing myself. But I also love my life. I don't want to be a mere spectator of it. I want to grab life by the lapels and dance it around the room. I want to play with my kids, laugh with my husband, clink glasses (or coffee mugs) with friends, have adventures, and indulge my myriad hobbies. I want to live my life, not just watch it through the viewfinder of my camera.

Dorthea Lange said: A camera is a tool for learning to see without a camera. Which, of course, means we should see the beauty of our own ordinary, brutiful lives with our own eyes, without a camera. We should choose to lift the camera or put it away. It will always be there if we need to figure out how to see again.