The joys of peer acceptance
Dear Respected Photographer,
The note that boosted my confidence as an artist was a little note, held in position by a little rock, and I found it sitting on the doorstep to my office. It was scribbled in pencil on the back of a business card and I wondered how long I’d stepped over it before taking notice.
Oh the excitement of a hand written note, penned (penciled rather) by an enigma. This is bound to be good.
Half expecting, “For a good time call _____”, or “Turn your goddamn music down!”, you can imagine how pleasant my surprise was when I read something to the effect of, “I’d like to feature your art in the next edition of my online magazine. The topic is ‘light’ and I think your black & white portraiture could offer an interesting perspective.”
And just like that, you gave me the best gift an artist can give, peer acceptance. I’ll never grow weary of hearing praise from the public, but to hear it from another artisan, “Your work is good.”, delivered confidence that has carried me through those dark moments when I’m wondering if I really have to find an answer to that common inquiry, “What kind of photographer are you?”
You told me, without telling me, that I’m a photographer who captures the light that emanates from people. I think I already knew this, because this was the subject matter I was drawn to the most, but you confirmed it. You’d seen something that I’d seen and your approval has done more for my confidence and growth as an artist than any of the sales I’ve made to date.
I don’t know how I can ever repay you for giving me insight into the answer. I know that reparation is neither anticipated nor expected, but just know how much your small gesture was appreciated. I look forward to the day when I can share the same joys with others too.
Until then I confidently remain,
Special thanks to the real respected photographer, Jim Austin. To see some of Jim’s work visit his website. Click here to purchase a calendar of Jim’s Bahama images. Proceeds go to help Bahamian communities rebuild after the 2017 hurricane season.