Mastery is not, and has never been, gained through more stuff or gimmicks or shortcuts.
• Read fewer articles that talk about tips and tricks.
• Spend less time on Instagram, make more photographs.
• Learn fewer things (just one is enough) but learn them deeper.
• Print your work and study it.
• Fall in love with the work of the masters.
• Don’t forget to breathe.
Let that be enough for now.
Sorting through old family photos without analysis or judgment.
Releasing myself from the need to be certain or right.
My inner teacher brings self-knowledge.
Pairing an old picture with a new one, learning to see in a way that is not clouded by the past.
Don’t wait for the ideal moment, perfect circumstance, or a dedicated studio.
Begin where you are, with what you have, what you already know, right now.
—Holly Wren Spaulding, from Axioms for Poets, Writers, Artists &
I thrive on constraints and find them to be liberating rather than restricting. Limits force me to be resourceful and creative in my work.
For example, I live happily on a budget. I’m one month in on a year of no-shopping and I already see huge benefits.
As we prepare for the effects of a polar vortex, I’m bracing for the frigid air. All I can think about is how to stay warm.
And the word warmth guides my picture-taking today.