Go to the Writers.

In Creativity and Inspiration, Pep Talks, Vision Is Better by David47 Comments

I’m re-reading a stack of books about the creative process. Anne Lamott, Stephen King, Annie Dillard, Robert McKee, et al. When what I want is to hear about the creative life, I don’t go to photographers – most of them are good with images, lousy with words. Want insight into how this whole creative thing works? Go to the writers. …

Begin. Again. Part 2

In Creativity and Inspiration, Pep Talks by David17 Comments

Genova, Italy. 2010. Last week’s posts on putting your ideas into action seemed to really resonate. I posted BEGIN and then BEGIN. AGAIN. Begin Again was aimed at the working photographer, this one’s aimed at all of us – the amateurs, the ones that do this because we love it, paycheck or no paycheck. Heck, some of us don’t earn …

Hiding Behind Shiny Pillars?

In GEAR, Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better by David33 Comments

I’m re-reading Hugh MacLeod’s IGNORE EVERYBODY. Great book. You should read it. Seriously. But that’s not why I bring it up. I just posted about shooting with a little less gear and then I sat down with a glass of wine and this book and a pen and read the following. I think it applies. There’s no correlation between creativity …

Begin. Again.

In Freelance and Business, Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons by David16 Comments

San Frutuosso, Liguria, Italy, 2010. Had to strip down to my boxers to get this one. Monday’s post seemed to strike a chord. Perhaps because y’all were so surprised to read a post that had nothing to do with books 🙂 So, harnessing that momentum I want to make some suggestions for those who are suddenly captivated by the need …

Suck-Mode.

In Just For Fun, Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better by David34 Comments

Me. Happily in Suck-Mode in Kenya. Man I miss Africa! The image has nothing whatsoever to do with the post so don’t go looking for deeper meanings. Sometimes a photograph is just filler, ya know? During the Q&A time at Amazon the other day a guy in the audience asked me a question. It must have been very complicated because …

Speaking At Amazon – 5 Things.

In News & Stuff, Pep Talks by David33 Comments

I spoke at Amazon yesterday in the middle of a whirlwind trip to Seattle. Had a great time, met some amazing people. To all of you who came and were so hospitable, thank you! For those that didn’t come because, well, ahem, you weren’t invited because you don’t work at the Amazon mothership, this is what I said. Or planned …