Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

A Note

Several months ago I listened to a Brooks Jensen LensWork podcast that I can no longer identify in the archive since I can't recall the title......and so I don't have a link to allow you to listen to it. The gist of the podcast was that most of us photographers work in isolation with precious little recognition.  But just a small amount of recognition, a small amount of knowing that somewhere your images have touched someone, can be a remarkably motivating.  He suggested that if we ran across work that meant something to us that we should take the time to send off a quick e-mail to let that person know that their work is appreciated.  Off course, at the time I neglected to do that.

But, recently, something made me understand that I should take the time to send off an e-mail like this.  I received the type of e-mail I should have sent to someone after the podcast.  It really was a very pleasant surprise to hear positive feedback from someone whom I had never met.  So I went and wrote a quick note to someone else whose work I liked but had never met or e-mailed before.  What a great idea Brooks had!

So, after you read this, keep the idea in mind.  If, in your internet surfing, you run across work that is meaningful to you go ahead and send off a quick note to the artist.  I guarantee they will appreciate it.