I was thinking about what I wanted to write today. Then I started to think about the people in my life that I admire the most, and then my mind wondered to all the photographers I have learned from, studied, admired and followed over the years. And the conclusion I came to was this. They all have made something of their lives because they are passionate about what they do, and they are very successful. But that does not automatically make them “Great”, at least NOT in my mind.
What makes an artist great, is if they possess integrity in the way they conduct their business, and how they treat the people they interact with.
Another characteristic is persistence, and this, I believe, borders on being obsessive in one’s desires to be the best they can as an artist, as well as a person. Without this, one just talks the talk.
Lastly, I believe determination is an essential ingredient in the equation of greatness. Learning all you can, exploring options and making sacrifices are critical. Giving anything less than 100%, especially when it comes to success, just doesn’t cut it.
I strive to live my life with integrity. I am determined, and those who know me, know that I am persistent. I am also very passionate about photography, self expression, creativity, learning and most of all, people.
I hope that one day, I too, will be great.