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You're
Damn
Right
You're
Creative.

You were born to create.
To make. Make photographs, books, songs. Make a difference. Make a product, a bridge, or–please God– a vaccine. Whatever you make: Make the most of it.

I'm David duChemin. I'm a photographer, writer, a former comedian, life-long entrepreneur, an iconoclast and a bit of a rabble-rouser. To the international photography community I'm a best-selling author and a voice of sanity in an industry that often leans more heavily toward the technical than the human and creative. To everyone else I'm the host of A Beautiful Anarchy and irreverent guide to everyday creativity. Welcome here.

First, I wrote these for you.

I wake up with one purpose: to be part of creating a world in which everyone sees themselves as creative and finds the meaning, freedom, and joy in doing that their own way. Mostly I do that by writing. Sometimes those words end up in books. These are my most recent books. I wrote them for you in hopes that they'll be the nudge you need to take whatever next steps are yours.
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Start Ugly

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The Problem with Muses

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Heart of the Photograph

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The Soul of the Camera

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A Beautiful Anarchy
Podcast

Feel like your creative life is a bit of a fight? You're not alone. Join me for a mostly-weekly kick in the creative pants as we talk about the joys and obstacles of a life of everyday creativity. Whether you're a writer, photographer, potter, or you make those weird macrame owls, these powerful 15 minute episodes will give you the tools and courage to keep at it. Everyday.
"David's superpower is his ability to tap into the stifled, screaming recesses of our minds, those hidden places where we yearn for 'something more'. His words are both sage & true, a gentle but necessary reminder, a soothing salve for the chafing of the world against our creatively-starved souls."
- Amelie__t via Apple Podcasts

See The Photographs

The great gift of photography is the ability to see more fully, beyond ourselves and to be fully present. It opens me to wonder and has given me some of the most extraordinary moments of my life. Join me in pictures as I dive with the Humpback whales of Tonga, share shaggy British Columbia rainforests with the elusive Spirit Bear, and wander Northern Kenya with pastoral nomads.
Explore The World With Me
 
"David duChemin understands an important truth; as photographers, what shapes our craft is how we see the world as humans, not the equipment we use or the situations we find ourselves in. The soul of the camera resides within our humanity, and duChemin does an amazing job of communicating how to access it."
- Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Photographer

Read the Blog

I've been writing about creativity and photography for close to 20 years. Join me on my blog for my latest articles and glimpses into new work, or explore close to 1000 articles in the archives.
Look Now
 
"David duChemin understands an important truth; as photographers, what shapes our craft is how we see the world as humans, not the equipment we use or the situations we find ourselves in. The soul of the camera resides within our humanity, and duChemin does an amazing job of communicating how to access it."
- Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Photographer
 

Escape Your Rut.

Get Your Groove Back.

Everyone's got a newsletter, right? Not me. I've got missives and dispatches, even the odd manifesto. You don't care what's going on with me, you care about the stuff that keeps you up at night. About how the hell you're going to pull off whatever big thing is next for you. You care about finding the courage to keep at it and the reassurance that you're not the only one who feels like this is all just a little too big for you. It's not. But it's probably good that it's a little scary. It means it's worth doing. It means it's not easy, not safe. Let me send you an issue of On The Make once a month just to remind you you're not alone and maybe give you a firm but loving nudge in a new direction.

Tell me where to send it and it's on it's way, along with my eBook, Escape Your Creative Rut, 5 Ways to Get Your Groove Back, with my thanks for trusting me to be part of your creative journey.

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