A long time ago I tweeted a quote I found that I simply love. It's an old Swedish proverb and unlike so many things that never translated during my Hasselblad years, this one does fine in just about any language!
"Those who wish to sing, always find a song."
I'm thinking about all the photographers, so many of us consider great artists. For most of them, while a specific image or something to do with their skill set might have hooked us to begin with, our attraction is to their personalities. It's their passion, attitude and optimism that draws us in.
We're an industry often caught in the "perfect storm" between changes in technology, consumer trends, and the economy. We need more photographers to find their "song". There isn't room to list everybody whose work I love and attitude I respect, but I wanted to highlight three artists, just to make the point.
I just picked three people out of my head at random to get you thinking about how you look at the career path you've chosen. I'm not suggesting Kevin, Tony and Michele don't have bad days. However, their priority to be the very best they can be is constant. It never changes, no matter what they're doing.
So, if you're waking up with anything but a smile on your face, maybe it's time just to step back and think about what's missing in your life. What's the missing ingredient in your professional or personal life you need to help you raise the bar?
As I've written before, you can't create images that tug at people's heartstrings if your own heart isn't in it.
Happy Friday everybody! Wishing all of you a terrific weekend and one filled with nothing but moments that make you smile and your heart beat just a little faster!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.