Responsibility To Upcoming Artists

      This past Sunday I found myself at my local pub, The Richmond Arms selling my photography with other local artists. The shows are put together by a local artist Juan Ramirez ( ) who puts together shows every other month. Durring this show A young woman kept coming up to me and talking about photography. She mentioned several times that she wanted to get a camera for Christmas and start learning photography. As she was leaving I was looking at a photograph I had taken many years ago. This young woman reminded me of Kristi, The woman in the photograph I had given to her. 

      When we all get into art we get into it because we want to emulate beautiful art we see, at that point you have great taste but you don't have the technical skill to recreate the beautiful images that you see. All you need to be is tenacious. If you stick it out long enough to learn the technical side you will get to be where you want to be. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by great artists and saw my vision, giving me support and direction when I needed it. As artists it is our duty to help, support and guide young artists who are coming up. 

     When I gave this young woman the print it was crudley wrapped with the saying "Follow your dreams on the front" I for one hope that she does. I have seen what she is doing with a phone camera and I am excited to see what she does with a proper DSLR in her hands.