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When I was at the flea market, I offered to make a professional grade portrait of one of the vendors who engaged me in conversation. I took some reasonably decent shots + flash, tarted them up on my laptop, and have WhatsApp'd them to him. (Won't share here—wasn't the agreement.)
A friend who has spent many years studying wellbeing says that humans are wired for a social gift economy. Out present financialised world is fundamentally out of sync with our nature. The paradox I have found is that by NOT trying to make art-worthy photos, I've made better art.
Each time I go out for a walk with my camera, I look forward to coming back, turning them into the best images I can, and sharing them. The pleasure you get from them, and the acknowledgement of my effort, is enormously gratifying. Money doesn't play any part in it.
If you can afford a pencil and piece of paper, you can do art. There's no real technical or cost barrier any more. If there is a personal "great awakening" or spiritual journey, learning how to produce artistic works that people actually value has been critical to my own growth.
In the past decade I've been through a divorce, had businesses go sour, lost my home — as well as many good things. I've become so much more grateful for what I do have. A trip to the park on a bright green May afternoon is delightful—and that shows in what I choose to celebrate.
If you have joy and gratitude in your heart, then any creative endeavours you engage in will reflect that, regardless of the level of technical skill you have acquired. If you have ugliness inside, no level of costly equipment or refined technique will compensate for it.
So if I can do it, let that be an inspiration to you. I would have laughed in the past at the idea I could produce photographs that people would line up to pay for. I've worked at both my inner world as well as my craft. If you are a believer in a Creator — then go create! Godly.
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