Photography is a tough business. Tougher all the time. Sometimes I question why I would want to take my art, my passion and try to make a living from it. I made it "work".
This last weekend I was at an art festival in Fargo. Many visitors stopped to complement me on my photography. Also, a lot walked on by. It was hot. 94 degrees on Saturday and hotter still on Sunday. Honestly, it was getting me down.
Until a gentleman stopped by. He really looked at my photos. I mean he REALLY looked. I noticed he had a bit of a shake or perhaps tremors from Parkinson’s or something similar. Turned out he was a photographer and former studio owner. Told me he still had all of his equipment, but the Lord had other plans. We talked about about the business of photography.
He was very interested in the daisy photo with the dew drops I'll post below. Really caught his eye and meant something to him. He noticed one of my business cards had the daisy photo on it and he picked it up. Before he left, he thanked me for the blessing of that image. Sort of made the slow business not annoy me so much.
I remembered that I didn't get in this business to get rich. I got in this to give people memories or emotions. This is my art.
I'm not sure where the future will take me, but I always want my photos to move people. No, not every photo will move every viewer. But if one can move one person, I'll take that.