Let Photography be Your Greatest Teacher
Gloving up at the Espadon Restaurant, Ritz Paris 2017
One of the greatest journeys for all of us in life is to understand and appreciate ourselves. To be proud of who we are and what we stand for.
I thank photography for being my greatest teacher, for honing my belief in myself and helping me to get clear on what I believe in and what are my values.
Let me run you through it.
When I started in photography I had just left a life. I was standing up for what I believed in for the first time but I was on wobbly legs, sort of like having a fresh book in front of me with the pages waiting to be filled with my true beliefs and what would carry me through life in the coming years.
I was out about on the streets of Italy and photography allowed me to rub up close to life, to feel, smell and touch it every time I left the house. Life and I become intrinsically connected to each other like never before.
Each time I put the viewfinder to my eye and had my finger poised on my shutter I had the chance to ask myself a question about what was before my eyes.
Tense moment in calcetto in Puglia 2016
I would be confronted with situations such a photographing a homeless person and how I felt about that. I would ask myself ‘yes or no’? Did it feel like I was prying? Was it disrespectful? Would I end up there? What does that feel like to have no home? How could I make a difference?
For me every photo became a question to myself about life and about how far I as willing to go for a photo or not. I was attracted to joy, to situations where people were wringing emotions out of life and the more I could feel my way through life the more I trusted it as my rudder.
These ‘hundreds of thousands’ of questions I have tried to answer with my heart not my head and by doing this over and over again I have had the chance to understand my values and why I am here on this planet.
The divine barmen at the Hemingway Bar, Ritz Paris doing the double shake 2017
There are days I bow down in reverence to the power of creativity and what it has to show us and my master has been photography. There hasn’t been a day when I have had a camera in my hand that I didn’t learn a lesson or have the chance to get connected to a life that was bigger than me.
If you have the opportunity to let photography (or creativity) lead you to a deeper understanding of yourself give her a chance.