Following Your Bliss

Feb 11, 2011

I realized fear had prevented me from pursuing my true passion, photography. I was afraid of appearing to be too idealistic – just like my dad, whom I had criticized at times for being unrealistic. I didn’t want to fall into the stereotype of the impractical, spaced out artist. I was worried that I might not be able to support my family, that my in-laws would be upset with me and maybe we’d even lose our house, I believed that photography was what I was meant to do. I felt passionate about it.

In the words of Joseph Campbell; a professor of mythology at Sarah Lawrence College: “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living . . .” or as I remember an interview with Bill Moyers “a life spent making money and not following your bliss is a wasted life.”

I’ve been following my bliss for the past 17 years. As my brother once advised me, “if it’s the right decision nature will support it”. I’m grateful that photography has proven to be a very successful bliss for me. I am able to explore the authentic details of people’s lives and create intimate, revealing photographic portraits that serve as reminders of what is beautiful and enduring in my clients lives. I call my images healing images, Moments of Grace.

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, edited by Betty Sue Flowers. Doubleday and Co, 1988,
p. 120

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