"Average photographers imitate beauty; great photographers create their own." ~ Unknown
The same goes for any art, I suppose. My goal in photography is to evoke emotion. As I got through this new year of learning, I am investing in new avenues of thought and practice. As I find new artists who move me sometimes on first glance (after that gasp and awe of it all) I think “now, why didn’t I think of that?” or “I have never even gotten close to that level of creativity!” The self-doubt sets in. But… then I remind myself of the day I was walking around Lake Anne and ventured into the last-of-its-kind book store. A used book store. I bought a book of poems by Whitman.
Leaves of Grass: It was not your typical collection of mere poetry. It was raw and very emotional and very different from the image I had saved in my school days of Whitman. Of course, those were based on only a few pieces found in text books and no time really spent on who he was as a man.
The preface set the stage to seeing a lot of real life emotions - pain and happiness and less of the untouchable artist that we tend to box celebrity into. Not that Whitman is like today’s celebrities; I guess we could call him a historic scholar or artsy idol.
Reminiscing on this day helped me to realize I am just human. We all are! No matter where we come from, or the basis of our heritage or ease of life (or lack of) we all lay in the grass and think and maybe even just feel (if we are lucky to have a few minutes alone!)
I hope this new year treats everyone well and we all make it what we need it to be for each of us!