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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

On Being Interesting

I read this great quote on photography this morning. Thought it might apply to other artistic endeavours, too.

"A few years back, one student was having his portfolio reviewed by the legendary Jay Maisel. The review was fine, yet after it was over the student pleaded with Jay, “Tell me, how can I take more interesting photos?” With missing a beat, Jay volleyed back, “Become a more interesting person.” Or said in another way, as Chris Rainier told me last week, “…at some point photography becomes autobiographical. In order to create better photos, sometimes we need to put down the photography books and magazines. Then we need to go out and to develop who we are.”
Who we are, shapes what we see."