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3 Ways Changing My Thinking Changed My Photography

In Creativity and Inspiration, The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory by David26 Comments

As we grow in this craft, we move from uncertainty to increasing comfort and confidence with certain aspects of the skills and thinking that the making of photographs requires. To use a well-trod metaphor: it’s a journey. Some of the things we learn are adapted quickly; some we will work on all our lives. I clearly remember thinking how I’d be so happy …

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You’re an Amateur. Is That Enough?

In Creativity and Inspiration, Pep Talks, The Craft, The Life Creative by David21 Comments

You’re an Amateur. Is That Enough? In September 2019, I wrote the words below for my podcast, A Beautiful Anarchy, and I feel like perhaps enough time has passed since I’ve reminded you of these important truths, and I want to offer them to you again. _________________________________________ I spoke with an artist recently who expressed the feeling that because his …

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The Unexpected Path to Everyday Creativity

In A Beautiful Anarchy, Books, Creativity and Inspiration, The Life Creative by David17 Comments

The Short Version: My two new books are out today and you can get more information and links to how to get your hands on paperback, PDF, or Kindle versions at StartUglyBook.com. The longer version below is more compelling, but it’s, well, longer. Keep reading. In bold, trendy font, the advert for some piece of computer equipment aimed at photographers …

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Without the Gargoyles

In A Beautiful Anarchy, Creativity and Inspiration, The Life Creative by David3 Comments

In the Middle Ages, churches placed gargoyles on their roofs to remind parishioners of the dangers that awaited them without the church, both then and into eternity. Literally hanging over their heads, the gargoyles kept the faithful, well, faithful, and warded off evil spirits. Most creatives I know, if not most human beings, have voices and negative people in their …

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Navigating Fog

In A Beautiful Anarchy, Creativity and Inspiration, The Craft, The Life Creative by David2 Comments

Any creative effort, in fact life itself, is undertaken in a context of uncertainty. But there are times things feel more uncertain than other, like we’re lacking direction. The Japanese concept of Ikigai provides helpful vectors or points of light, that make it easier to navigate in the fog. Let’s talk about it. I’ve decided to begin posting my weekly …