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Work Begets Work

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I had the privilege a few years back of hearing photographer Ken Josephson speak at the  Society for Photographic Education Midwest Regional conference. While discussing his own struggle with blocks in creativity or direction, he clearly stated his own mantra, “work begets work.” These three simple words have hung with me and continue to ring true. The most difficult times for me, as an artist, are those periods between projects. It frequently takes me a…

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Make It Your Own

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I think most photographers struggle with direction and style from time to time especially when starting out. It’s a never ending process, at least in my opinion because I think artists are constantly striving and moving in different directions. This constant striving is very fluid, you may try to predict where you’ll be 10 years from now but if you hold on to that idea in your head too much, it may also hold you…

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What If ?

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In your wildest dreams, what would you do, you stopped take pictures, starting today,? What would you do your thoughts didn’t have to express as photos, or even be visible? What if they could be verbal or sonic, or could just streak through consciousness like shooting stars, like those peak experiences we’ve all had that have nothing to do with photography? What would you do if no one else could see what it was you…

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Lessons from Childhood

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My daughter, Julia, judges books by their covers.  At 2 ½ she walks through the library and says “I want the baby blue one” or “That one, with the dog.” She recently checked out a story called Franklin Goes To the Hospital in which a young turtle with a cracked shell is afraid the x-ray will show how scared he is on the inside.  Dr. Bear assures him that bravery isn’t about fearlessness, but rather…

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A Week Focused on Creative Thinking

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This is an artists statement from an exhibition at my gallery a few years ago. The only time that I used an artists statement in promoting an exhibition was this one. I came across it again the other day and think that it addresses something essential about our work and wanted to share with with you. Artist Statement – Gabriela Maj There once existed an idea that articulated the human capacity for a particular type…

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Read These!

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Non photo-centric blogs that get my nod:  Photographer Bruce DeBoer (@brucedeboer) writes an absolutely superb blog about creativity.   Marketing guru Seth Godin’s blog at is read by just about every member of ASMP’s National board.  And for the latest in technology, both current and speculative, check out www.gizmodo.com. It’s hard to not be inspired to greatness as you view any of the TEDTalks.  The TED folks have a blog that I read just so I…

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