I am not secretive about my photography process. I try to be genuine about the joys and frustrations of making photographs, about the learning, and about my journey.
Here's my latest find. Pursue Pictures.
I don't think of myself as self-taught. We all learn from somewhere - nature, books, mentors, feedback, practice and mistakes. When I hear someone refer to themselves as self-taught, what I think they often mean is that they have no formal training or education in the subject of interest. And this I understand. My degree is in physical therapy and I have no specific course of study for photography. This might seem an inefficient and perhaps ineffective means of study, but nothing could be further from the truth. I have been well served by staying open to possibility, by saying Yes, and by accepting the next step in the path - even when it didn't seem to make sense.
Like discerning the differences in fine wine or understanding deep and finely honed works of literature, we often need a guide or teacher to introduce us to the finer points and nuances. One of the ways I teach myself is by studying the photographs of artists I admire. I immerse myself in the visual language of pictures, looking for those seemingly small differences that separate an ordinary picture from one that leaves an imprint on the reader.
Pursue Pictures is one of the places that helps me to grow as an artist.
Pursue Pictures’ mission is to discover artists through visual stories and to find that work an incredible home.
First, I study the galleries - to see what makes a successful photograph.
The artist is you.
Pursue Pictures is looking for today’s best photographers. From amateurs to professionals, including the images on your phone, we are looking for art that inspires, motivates, enhances, and exposes the world around us. At Pursue Pictures there is an opportunity for everyone. We want your work… it’s time you shared it.
My submission, Summer School, was chosen as an Honorable Mention for this week.