Friday, April 23, 2010
Travel Day Today
Just getting ready to leave for Indiana for my first show and a few thoughts are pouring through my mind.
I am thinking about the offbeat path taken to return to my first passion, photography, be it fine art or commercial or both. Photography has been in my life since I was 8 years old and I truly believe this is what I am supposed to be doing. While I know making a living at photography would be quite tough the thought of not going down this path is just not an option. This is what I love to do, so just maybe.....
The business of images has changed drastically over the past 15-20 years - cameras abound and people are making a living shooting weddings, animals, babies, lifestyle and whatever else. There are professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs who shoot on the weekends.
Me, I look at this as a challenge to myself - to finally do that one thing that has been in the back of my mind for years - making images - whether for money or just for the sake of art...I guess that voice in the back of my head is making me write this today - the one that doubts everything will end up straight ahead - that little voice that second guesses my heart.
The battle is to balance art and commerce - keep the vehicle straight down the path and try to avoid oncoming traffic....find that authenticity inside yourself and go for it.
John Prine said it best.......
'Say you drive a chevy, say you drive a ford,
You say you drive around this town
Til' you just get bored
Then you change your mind
For something else to do
And your heart gets bored with your mind
And it changes you"
This was a song written by John Prine which was first featured in the John Mellencamp movie, 'Falling from Grace' which I had the honor of producing.
More on this in later posts - running for the plane.