When you look around lately, what do you see?
Are you enjoying pop up ads?
Do you like reading about what happened to Kim Kardashian?
Do you think website marketing is awesome?
Do you enjoy feeling like you dont have quite enough in your life to know you are awesome?
Do you think if you could just change some things about yourself people would see how awesome you are, and things would just work?
Are we all feeling a growing sense of dis-satisfaction with political promises, marketing promises, celebrity promises...empty promises?
I think that we are tired of being sold promises of better lives from people whose lives aren't working.
The media is not interested in giving you a better, more fulfilling life. But if everyone knows it, why arent more people saying it?
I want to hear from people who's lives are working. They might be a celebrity, they might not. They may be a politician, they may not.
What they do, is not the point. Its how they do it.
What do they value? Who do they value?
I think I would rather hear from the gas station manager who has raised 4 successful children, has no debt, builds sculptures and teaches kids art in his spare time....the guy who has loved his family consistently every day for 40 years. That guy is a fucking hero.
That guy is what keeps the world going. I want to hear about him more than Miley.
We seem to have the idea that people whose lives actually work aren't glamorous.
We want to follow people on twitter who have no idea how to be happy.
Why is that? Do their train wrecks make us feel like we are ok by comparison?
I photograph alot of people who are, or want to be models. I do this because I actually love the art of fashion photography. I think its innovative, interesting, and fun. But I am starting to have a deep desire to say more. Just taking photos of pretty girls is not what I am after. I want to be saying something. Giving hope. What I dont tell most people is that the reason I dont shoot as much as some photographers do is that I actually look for models who have lives that are accomplishing something deeper than just looking pretty. I turn down opportunities to shoot because I am looking for people who have lives that say something deeper. Whose beauty goes deeper.
Believe me, this is not the most profitable approach. But its importance seems to be growing for me.
Im thinking alot about authenticity, and Im not sure what the change will look like, but i feel one coming. In how I shoot, and how I live.
I think that we are approaching critical mass.
I think that all the indicators are pointing toward a cultural change.
Not for everyone. But for some.
I think that many people are tired of being told how to look, how to think, and how to be by people who dont know these things themselves.
I think that many people are already looking for what is authentic, and working.
I think that very soon many of you might be too...