Fear can consume you.
It works its way into your pores, and shackles you.
For the longest time I had a real fear of creating images of strangers.
Today marks the beginning of my conscious effort to overcome those fears, with the start of a project I have thought about for so long, but never had the courage to begin.
Art Everyday will be my hopefully daily, but probably weekly exercise to overcome my fear of the ask.
The image featured above may not be my best work, but I am so proud of it.
While walking into a coffee shop the other day the subject hit me. The light was great, the feeling I got from seeing the subject in that, seat, on that day. I knew I had to ask if I could take the photo.
So naturally, after about 20 minutes of trying to talk myself out of it, I gathered my courage, I approached her, and I simply said, “Hi, this would make an amazing photo.”
She said sure.
Now my heart is racing. Not only did I initiate this interaction, but I have an obligation to actually produce something now.
I smiled, asked her to keep doing what she was doing, and told her that I’d be quick.
That’s when I realized I forgot one vital, instrumental, important piece to this puzzle.
It sat across the room taunting me; reminding me that I am still bad at this human interaction thing.
I run over and grab it. I will not be thwarted by my tools.
I walk back over embarrassed, and realized that in overcoming my fear I neglected to introduce myself.
Once the pleasantries are out of the way its time to get to work.
I had this vision (Vision) of a shot through the window on a rainy day. Almost as soon as I ran outside in the rain I realized that the window was tinted ever so slightly, placing my reflection into almost every shot.
Unflinchingly I walk back inside, drenched, but not defeated.
I settled in a few tables down, and fire.
Then I exhaled, walked over to her, and said thank you.
And that was it.
More to come, with some really imaginative ideas.
This is Art Everyday, Image 1. Get ready for the ride 🙂