You are only as good as your camera, and your ability to use it. That’s the prevailing idea of the popular photography world. You see it in the ads, you see it on the discussions online, it’s implied in every camera review. But if that were true, wouldn’t we all be so much better now? Our cameras have never been so good, nor have they ever relied less upon us to do the technical stuff. Surely, it’s clearer than ever that the best photographs rely on something else: your creativity.
The best photographs are made, not with cameras, but by people willing to take risks, to be part of a larger creative process. They are made by people who take risks, ask questions, put themselves into their work, and for whom the results bring great joy (and at times great frustrations) because the photographs and the creative efforts that go into their making, matter a great deal.
Today I’m launching the Beautiful Anarchy podcast. Stealing the name shamelessly from my book, A Beautiful Anarchy, this weekly podcast is for people (like me) who don’t listen to podcasts, people who don’t have an hour to sit down and listen but who want to explore their creative side and the challenges and joys of the creative life. Each episode is no longer than 15 minutes. Think of it as a short, weekly, if not one-sided, conversation with someone who cares deeply about you beyond your camera and your photographs, someone who knows that so much of what we do depends on bigger stuff, our habits, our mindset, someone who knows that most of us can feel a little alone at times as we wade through what it means to be a creative person in the every day.
My big hope is to begin speaking to a broader audience, to speak to writers and painters and people who dabble in a lot of different things. When a podcast launches, just like when a book is published, much of the initial success in terms of who hears about it, comes from the reviews and ratings on iTunes.
Would you be willing to do me a favour? Would you consider listening to a couple episodes of A Beautiful Anarchy this week and leaving a review on iTunes?
I am so excited about this new direction, though it’s not that new. These are the things I’ve been talking about for a long time. It’s just that I want to do that in a broader context for people that not only make photographs, but make other things and want to experience the kind of encouragement and challenge I’ve felt is my calling for the last 10 years. Help me spread the word? More than this, I hope this project helps you, encourages you, and nudges you forward into new and exciting places.
By the way, A Beautiful Anarchy will be published 3 out of every 4 weeks. On the fourth week, I’ll send out On The Make (a monthly email not unlike The Contact Sheet you normally get) but focused more specifically on creativity than photography. If you love The Contact Sheet, I think you’ll love On The Make, but I’m not going to make assumptions. If you don’t want to miss this, and want to start receiving my monthly On The Make email, you’ll need to let me know. Just click here and let me know where to send it.