Me, Myself, and I Make a Trio, Not a Tribe

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6.

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Last fall I was actually sitting on the edge of my metal fold-out chair in a crowded meeting room at a camera store in downtown Indianapolis.

Like a true nerd, I had a small notebook on my knee and was scribbling down notes between jerks of the head as I tried to soak in each frame of Valérie Jardin’s presentation on street photography.

I wasn’t sure why I was so jazzed, but now I am.

A whole new world of photography, and the art of blending it with the ordinary to create the extraordinary, had just opened up to me.

I realized for the first time that seven years before even hearing the term “street photography” I had been doing just that on the metros and piazzas of Milan. To learn there was a name and an art to something I had just done for fun and from the joy of living abroad was exhilarating.

And now there I was listening to someone who has crafted a career out of sneaking pictures of people in public places and declaring it art.

So cool.

The challenge for today’s post is all about finding your tribe, those people out there in the world who do the kind of stuff you want to do, who speak your language, and who have the potential to help and guide you on your way.

I had a taste of what a tribe feels like when I went to a photography workshop earlier this year and formed new friendships with established photographers and other aspiring photographers like myself.

I was even fortunate enough to join a coaching and mentoring group with some of them (hi guys!) to keep us all on the path toward our dreams. (If any of you are reading this, let’s meet again soon!)

It’s so true, as well-meaning and supportive as your friends and family can be of your crazy dreams and aspirations, if they’re not traveling on the same road you are, it’s nigh impossible to make progress on your own.

But if you can find people in the same boat to paddle with you and coach you through the choppy waters, you have a far better chance of making it to the shore you seek.

So the challenge today was to name someone inspiring to you, who lives the kind of life you want to live, and write down one question you would ask them if you ever got to meet them. If I only had one question to ask Valérie, it would probably be this: How in the world do you make an income as a street photographer??

I could ask a whole lot of other questions. I could even write three more posts about other people who inspire me, but you know what? I actually have a photo shoot today, so it’s time to put away my laptop and grab my camera instead!

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