August 09, 2009

Heart and Soul

I am a big believer that if you are going to do anything, you should go full force and give everything you have into doing it. Half measures mean a half baked finish.

A few years ago I worked with a photographer and showed him how to use a software interface for his photography. His advice was that "Good Enough is good enough - you have to know when it is good enough". For me the answer is when I have put my heart and soul into it - I can feel that it will meet the standard I set. I am constantly learning new techniques and processing and shooting methods. It lets me continue to evolve and raise the bar.

On Friday night we went to the Hollywood Bowl and heard Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock. I sat right next to Morgan Freeman. I asked him if he tires of fans "bothering him" and he said "Never. If I did, I picked the wrong career". I want to be best I can be.

When Lang Lang played Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, I watched his face. He played with all he had. He played piano with his soul. You could see the emotion in his face. I needed to see and hear nothing else. That was my takeaway from that concert. He gave his all.

What I really got is that when I photograph, I hope my expression is what his is. I feel my art from inside. I hope that I shoot my photos from my soul. I want my images to reflect that. Do everything with all you have and put all your heart and soul into it.