The Inner Path of Photography

We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

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“Photo of the Day”

I’ve been meaning to add the “Photo a Day” piece to my website…but kept putting it off because I didn’t know if I could really keep up with posting one a day. But it’s there now!

You know, I’m great at  shooting lots of images in a day, but when it comes to downloading, categorizing, editing, and making sure they’re something that you want the whole world to see…it’s time consuming and also pushes my “perfectionist” edge.

So I decided to have more fun rather than feed Ms. Perfectionist, so you may need to just bear with me if  you don’t see an image every single day. Of course, what I do post will be perfect…uh hmm.

Enjoy what comes…I know I will!

In the meantime, feel free to check my website periodically (see “Photo of the Day”…or did you already figure that out?) or if you really want to be pampered, sign up on this blog for an email whenever I post something. Go ahead, be decadent!

P.S. The “photo of the day” today is of Robynn Sanders, Houston artist and art car master and muralist and….well, go to her fabulous website and see all that she can do! She just finished a Mini-Cooper art car…hey, go to this website and vote for her too! Hers is the first car, with the robots.

And there’s a parade in the Heights tomorrow…and White Linen Nights Saturday night…

I know, I bring you so many exciting things…

“For art sings of God, and ultimately belongs to him…”

“In the end, truth will be found in his work, the corporeal body of the artist. It will not fall away. Man cannot judge it. For art sings of God, and ultimately belongs to him.”

(Patti Smith, “Just Kids”)

Just finished reading, “Just Kids”, Patti Smith’s memoir of her life with Robert Mapplethorpe. A beautiful book, reflecting the evolution of a mystical relationship, and a passionate commitment to one’s own art.

We all start somewhere…David Bowie’s demo recording, 1969

I was listening to mvyradio this morning as I was working, and a cut by David Bowie caught my attention. It was a version of “Space Oddity” I had never heard before…acoustic…and very personal. Before he even started playing, you heard him quietly say “I’m a little nervous.”

What? David Bowie nervous?

Turns out it was a demo from 1969, when he was first recording. Having to convince radio stations to play his music.

The DJ commented on the song after playing it. She, too was touched by the vulnerability in his voice, and shared my thoughts:

We forget that all talented people have to start somewhere….

That we all have our moments (often more or longer than we’d like) of vulnerability, insecurity, nervousness about our art.

I need to hear about other artist’s challenges, struggles, insecurity…as well as seeing how they persevere, trust their talent, and carry on with their work.

It gives me support in doing the same.

Too often we’re shown the obvious successes, and led to believe that that’s the only story…while in reality, we know that’s only part of the story. We want the highs, of course, but we also want to know that others know the lows are a part of it too. And then the successes become even more thrilling.

There’s a beauty in David Bowie’s vulnerabilty, and in the sound of his voice as he shares that he’s nervous. It makes his singing and talent even more beautiful to me.

Coincidentally, I also found this article today about David Bowie’s first fan fan letter and his response. Same beginner’s vulnerability.

May we all retain that pure innocence of simply enjoying our art, and appreciating someone else’s recognition and pleasure in it too.

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