What happens when you choose once and for all to put what matters to you in the viewfinder, regardless of who approves or understands?
What happens when you claim your craft, your art, your expertise and stop asking anyone more established or proficient or experienced to say it’s good enough?
What happens when you throw away the rule book and all the measuring sticks and just say what you were afraid to say all along?
I am a photographer. Here is my work. Learn from it. Let it speak to you.
In many ways, this is what publishing Expressive Photography has meant to Tracey and the rest of us here at Shutter Sisters. Many of us are not professionally trained photographers. Most of us learned how to use our cameras on our own, asking questions from whoever had the time or patience to listen. Some of us didn’t know this was a passion until we looked through the lens at our ordinary lives and realized we were bearing witness to honest beauty and real magic.
Like many of you, our education in photography came over years, hand and hand with our own personal development. While we were learning about aperture, composition and shutter speed, we were also mastering the art of how to see, how to really see what’s worth honoring in an everyday life.
Not everyone will appreciate our particular contribution to the photography conversation at large. A quick scan of certain reviews and the Shutter Sisters inbox reveals that Expressive Photography has actually riled some members of the old guard–an outdated and small contigent of the fading old boys club that has dominated the professional photography scene for so long.
But times are changing. At this particular moment in history, it’s no longer enough to have the longest lens or the most sophisticated mastery of your technical skills. What matters is your ability to infuse your work with heart and soul–whether you’re standing on the fields of Rwanda watching two young girls wait for a miracle or whether the miracle is already standing in your own backyard.
This is why we wrote Expressive Photography. We believe in what you see, and we know that this book will inspire and help you show everything your soul already knows about what matters the very most.
Today, on this last day of the month where our One Word Project encouraged you to “express” yourself, we’re asking those of you who have read our book to leave your comment in the review section of Expressive Photography at Amazon. One line will do. Help us tell the world why expressive photography matters–no matter what your point of view.