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My camera allows me to be a part of my culture and, at the same time, to be apart from it. I can walk the streets of downtown on Small Business Saturday and study the people and the scenes without getting sucked into shopping. I use this strategy often – pretending I am a journalist, a reporter or maybe an anthropologist. I'm curious. I want to know more.

And this approach makes for more interesting pictures as I share what I am learning.

The secret to being good at anything is to approach it like a curious idiot, rather than a know-it-all genius.
— Austin Kleon