Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved. W.J. Bryant
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My satellite network does not carry the Ovation channel and so I was unable to see the Mick Rock show. I did see a couple of snippets of it. The one snippet was the two of you talking about how Mick got into photography and some of his feelings about it.
It seemed like you two had a great interview and I wish I had been able to see the whole thing. But what I can so get with Mick is the feelings behind the camera. I really have no influences either, I don’t need to compare myself or study other photographers in order to develop my style.
Like Mick, there is the joy of capturing the moments. For me, dance and music are an ongoing study in emotion, in people, in their passion in their chosen art. There is for me also the Adrenaline of the music. I have no control over the situation, I can only use what I have available in order to capture the images. So it is completely a thinking and must be totally present thing. I spend way too much time trying to plan or at least visualize the future so the moments when I have to stay completely present are an enormous gift for me. There is a freedom in not always being in control.
The one thing I am learning by participating in the Spirit and Bone Collaboration while I am working towards this –is that I LOVE being told the stories and then presenting them back to the storyteller as a slideshow of images. There is a huge satisfaction in seeing their faces light up as they see how truly beautiful and unique each one is. The one I did this weekend, I have not had a chance to dive into yet, I was really that exhausted…but I am post processing it tonight along with another musical group shoot that was done. But I know for a fact that when she sees the completed images her whole view of herself will change, I think she is beginning to realize this as we have set an additional couple of hours aside in a few weekends from now to add some more images to the shoot AND for her to press even further outside of her comfort zone.
I get Mick’s comment about the camera being a people watching fascination as well, some of my favorite images are from New Orleans where I was able to walk on the street and observe the street vendors, people and then surreptitiously photograph them…some of them I am really proud of. The moments they capture are truly of the moment and will stand for a lifetime.
There are several reasons why I stay committed to this goal is that the opportunity to be able to capture both the planned and unplanned moments of everyone on and in the tour. The window that it will give people everywhere is pretty incredible AND they will form a new appreciation for the touring life of a musician. At the same time, they get to learn more about dreams and the theatres that were built to witness the birth and journey of stage and screen art in our culture.
I love photography and writing like nothing else in this world, it is my path and purpose and one of the LARGEST reasons for all of this is also a thank you. If I had not won the media pass, who knows what the journey would have been for me; and when I obtain this who knows what changes it will make in your life AND the lives of all the people we are going to touch
And because I won the media pass I have a whole new look on life as well as a new dream to follow. I am kind of big about finding a way to thank people for intended and un-intended gifts. It is part of the paying it forward. So say yes and let’s see what magic we can create on this tour. Me, an unknown and you, a mega star.