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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“I wish I had tons of money./ Then I’d be free./ Free to do what?/ Everything.”

From Patti Smith’s book “Just Kids”, telling a story about the artist Robert Mapplethorpe:

“Robert’s private mantra: I wish I had tons of money./Then I’d be free./Free to do what?/Everything.”

Imagine being free to do everything. I can feel it, the loosening of  “shoulds” or “can’ts” that keep me limited.

What would I be doing that I’m not doing now if I really could do everything?

That’s worth reflecting on, and then acting on, because of course, much of what we can do doesn’t require money in the initial steps. We just keep ourselves from doing it by saying “it costs too much” or look to the future thinking we won’t have the money to do the grand end point.

One step at a time. Celebrate each step. Feel the real freedom and grasp it with your hunger.

“Photography is about being exquisitely present.”

– “Photography is about being exquisitely present.”

(Joel Meyerowitz, from Phaedon 55 photography book centered around his work.)

(Here’s a review and here’s a link to the Phaedon Store with more information.)

“I was a bride married to amazement…”

“I was a bride married to amazement.”

This quote was referenced by one of the writers in “Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey.”

I love it…how creative could we be if we remember to be “brides married to amazement?”

(The quote is from work by Mary Oliver, poet)

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