The Fix: A working meditation.

Last Wednesday, fresh off some time in Austin for SXSW interactive, I dedicated a night to a workshop, The Fix, lead by Jasmine Star. Jasmine was in Chicago as part of a 12-city tour. 

 The evening wasn't about the art of photography, though people brought cameras. 
It wasn't about leaving with a positively clear plan for what I want next in my photographs, though I did leave with a head buzzing full of ideas. 
It was about being together as photographers and sharing an evening of best practices, lessons learned and giving form to a new art. 

My pal, Anda Marie introduced me to Jasmine's work a few years back and as I walked into the room full of 200 attendees, I thought "gee whiz, this is a movement--not just a workshop."
Jasmine's words are words that apply to not just photography but all kinds of art forms. Talk about the value in the art form. Don't undervalue what you do just because you love it.
Be smart.  Emphasize your differences. 

"Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all."
-Norman Vincent Peale

I took oodles of notes, let it all sink in, and can't wait to start putting pen to paper and thought into action with The Fix as my anchor. 
The message about networking with other photographers as key to success and happiness struck me especially hard. I turned to photography to have a more independent form of expression.  After years of working in the theatre where a production involved oodles of people with different agendas, I yearned to have an expression that would be dependent on me and me alone.   Artistic networks are incredibly important, no matter what the form.  I should have known.

I made some new pals, set up a coffee date with one of them who is Chicago based, and let The Fix be the foundation for a whole new chapter of exploration.

Get out there. Let go. Struggle.