Being Thankful

I love Thanksgiving.  It is a time of reflection to really think about all the things to be thankful for in our life.  I’m very thankful for my family, my health and my country.  I’m also thankful for my art.  As a photographer, I’ve got the great fortune of seeing things that nobody else sees.  But more importantly, for me anyway, is that I’m thankful for the legacy that I’ll leave behind and I take that very seriously.  The photographs I have made, and hopefully will continue to make for many years to come, will outlive me.   These images will be the mark I leave on this planet long after I’m gone.  Every time someone purchase one of my prints, I realize that it might be passed down the line long after I’m gone.  Yes, I realize that there are more people taking pictures today than ever before, but that’s not what I’m talking about here.  I’m talking about those who consider making photographs an art, a craft… those who truly work at creating an image that will elicit some emotion from another person.  This is one of the reasons I am so passionate about the art of making a photograph and why I take it so seriously.  Yes, it’s also a ton of fun.  But, it’s also my mark on this Earth.

Every time I print an image, I watch as it slides out of the printer.  I love holding it in the light, feeling the paper and reveling in the permanence of it.  This is my art.  This is my legacy.  Ever since I heard the first piano notes of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, I’ve wanted to leave MY mark in some way.  “Where the heck did that come from?”, you might be saying.  Well, John’s been gone for decades and we are still basking in the beauty of his art.  Most of us will never touch as many people as John, but in our own way, we can touch people for years, even decades, with our own art… the photograph.  So take your art seriously.  As David Duchemin said, “It’s called artwork, not art f**ing around.”  I love that.   If you are reading this blog, I’m guessing you enjoy making photographs.  All I’m saying is take your time, work at your craft and know, that with each capture, you might be creating a legacy that will long outlive you in this world.  Enjoy it.  You are one of the lucky ones.