How Voice Dies

The big problem with photography has nothing to do with photography.

It has to do with validation.

Vali-fucking-dation.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But there is.

Because it’s making our lives shit…

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The other night, I was “chatting” with a friend in FB through comments. She posted a comment. I posted back. Pretty soon, we were having a full on conversation.

And whenever she liked my comments, that stupid red balloon would pop up, giving me a notification. And even though I knew that it was just notifying me about the conversation I was having at that very moment, I still kept clicking on it.

Facebook has turned me into a sheep.

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The End of Photography

My prints were strewn across the table. One of them teetered on the edge, almost ready to fall. The hushed silence was more than I could bear.

I squinted and turned away.

I must have been a ghostly white, standing there, wringing my hands, waiting. Say something,” I thought…anything…

It was 2008. For most people, it was beautiful spring day in Toronto. For me, it was terror unspooling. It was my first day in a workshop with Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson. And I was up for review.

He reached for a print and ran his fingers over the surface…

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“There’s something there. There’s something in this scene. You see something. But it’s not there. You haven’t found it yet.”

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Anxiety much?

I’m feeling a little crispy and fried from the constant barrage of news and uncertainty and guessing that’s been my feed for the past six months. Too much unproductive anxiety, too little actual life.

I’m guessing some of you might be, too.

I was originally going to talk about my product launch today, but instead, I’m going to share the most important bit of sales advice I know.

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I’ve been reading a lot about universes lately.

The blue universe. The red universe. One side. The other. And how the two don’t meet. And maybe they don’t. Maybe they do. More likely, sometimes they don’t and sometimes they do. But as business owners and humans, really, the notion of two universes … Read more...