its been far to long but im back!!
up to this point, ive only told a selected few but elton anderson is indeed my favorite photographer. i admire him & his work. when elton & i met several years ago as colleagues in corporate america i had no idea he had such a passion for the arts until i saw him quit the 9-to-5 grind & trade it all in for a skateboard and camera!! …..the other day i was checking out his blog & this particular post http://thel10blog.com/2012/03/creative-paralysis/ really resonated with me…
elton’s post struck a cord with me because as of lately i had no real desire to pick up my camera. a huge desolate gap between me & the one material possession i at one point couldnt go anywhere without. i felt like everyone had become an aspiring photographer; completely oversaturating the artform. i felt like i had lost the inspiration behind why i fell in love with photography from the very beginning. waiting to receive accolades or recognition from peers &/or clients. i found myself comparing my work to other photographers & becoming frustrated because my work just wasnt “good enough”. “good enough” for what though?? what was i ultimately trying to achieve with my work?? …..i realize now photography is a creative release for me where no rules apply! so let me gone’on head & pick this camera back up & let my little light shine regardless of what others got going on! if yall like it, cool!! if not, cool!! either way, im elated!!
later alligators. some of my work since the last time we rendezvoused can be found below….
the occupants of dc’s infamous “occupy dc” went for a walk
today through northwest, across the key bridge & into arlington, va. where the peaceful protestors ended their march is unbeknownst to me but i was able to catch a glimpse of them in georgetown on m street. for weeks now, i have driven pass the “occupy dc” park & wondered what each of the occupants of the tents were protesting against. i want to go to each tent & ask “what brought you here? & what exactly are YOU fighting for?”. according to the media, there are an abundance of reasons why the tent city residents are protesting whether it be the woes of paying outstanding student loans, the greed of corporate america or the large gap in wealth created by wallstreet. no matter the color, age or sex, the common thread that runs through each of the protestors that i admire is their will & determination to stand for something. to believe so strongly in something that you pitch a tent & bare the cold weather all in an attempt to have your voice heard….
its easy to fall for anything, if you dont stand for something.
whether its religion, politics, war, finances or education, what reves you up? do you believe in something so much so it would provoke you to rebel?