Well. It sure has taken me a long time to get here. I have been a “picture taker” since I was 8 years old. And, I have had this website for a solid 3 years now, and yet it wasn’t until today that I got my “store” up and running. For the past few years, people have been asking me if I had a place where people could buy my work and I always asked, “why?”
I am not sure if it was confidence thing or a lazy thing, but for some reason I kept putting it off. And then, I had a conversation with someone that changed my whole perspective. A month ago, I met with Cindi Boiter of Jasper Magazine. I had met Cindi a few years back, and knew her daughter pretty well because she slays the audience every time she dances for the Columbia City Ballet. Now that I have been shooting the ballet for a few years, I can tell the ones that have that special something about them. You know what I mean. You can see it on their face when they do what they do. It’s the commitment that you see pouring out of every piece of them. Bonnie Boiter-Jolley has it. She knows it to, if not for the simple fact that I have written about it before, and I know she read it. And if she doesn’t know it, she will after she reads this. #TangentAlert
In any case, Cindi met with me at a coffee house on North Main and said some of the most wonderful things that a person could hear about their work. Don’t get me wrong, and think that no one has ever said anything nice to me about my work before, because they have. But, with Cindi, it is different. The reason why is because she is immersed in the arts community. She has seen more art in the past year than I have in my life. In fact, most of the time, I usually stand in front of something and wonder if it is art at all. My mind is a weird place to be sometimes, and art interpretation rarely makes the cut. I am too hyper for it. I guess that is what makes me a great picture taker. I am always moving around and searching for that something special.
The way she spoke about my work was truly uplifting and inspiring because it made me think about myself in a new way. It made me think of myself as an artist. That is a very hard thing for me to say. It may be my overwhelming sense of false humility that makes me cringe at the word artist, or it may be a real insecurity. I am not sure. All I know, is that it pushed me to add this shop to my site, which is something I love. Blogandthebeast.com is that place where I can be myself, and show what I do. The only difference is that now, I can offer what it is I do to others. I am really grateful for the words that Cindi shared with me, and it taught me something else. If you know someone that creates something for others to enjoy, let them know how you feel about it. If it inspires you, they deserve to know, because it might push them to be greater than they were before. 🙂