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Thanks, Ira

It’s kind of late, and I still have a lot to do. I’m headed to DC tomorrow morning for a wedding and I haven’t packed up my gear yet; my house is a complete mess because I’ve been working like a maniac… and blah blah blah. Anyway.

I’ve been thinking a lot about where my work is and where I want it to be. And I’m really in a transitional phase; my business is growing (which is awesome), and I’m still trying to figure out who I am as a photographer. It’s been a constant source of frustration in the past few months. I think this is normal. At least, people tell me it’s normal.

A few months ago I heard this piece of audio – Ira Glass (one of my personal heros) on storytelling – and it really touched me. I found myself going back to it again and again. Because… y’know… that’s what I am – a storyteller. But I haven’t quite figured out what that looks like for me. Yesterday Mary Marantz posted a short video on Facebook created by David Shiyang Liu to go along with what Ira Glass was saying, and I just really loved it.

Tonight, finding myself frustrated and tired and wanting really badly to make a breakthrough in my work somehow, I’ve come back to this. I think Ira Glass has been the only one keeping me from quitting time and time again.


Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.
 

 

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