lisa wiseman photography

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These pictures, from 1965 onward, in some way reflect a thought game [which] began with a though about how I would love to see more of the world. I would love to travel deeply and widely. And what is the deepest and widest you can travel? It’s to come back to where you already are. And I saw my own circumnavigation of the Earth in my mind’s eye, and I realized in that moment that nothing would be more dear to me than where I already was.
— The incomparable photographer Emmet Gowin about the wisdom of staying close to home and family.
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Are you passionate or delusional?
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[She] had often thought success came as much from knowing who [she] was as from any skill.
— N.R.
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As the years go by, one senses that mortality itself is her underlying subject and that all her books are books of remembering.
Sean O’Hagan on the immortal Nan Goldin
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I am not afraid. I was born to do this.
— Joan of Arc
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Fall in love as often as possible.

permalink My first camera had flash cubes and I had a look of intense concentration!

My first camera had flash cubes and I had a look of intense concentration!

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I am always looking for the poetic moments in office life. I never cease to be surprised by how light can transform the most ordinary objects into something special.
— Kathy Ryan
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suspending self-judgment doesn’t just mean blowing off the “you suck” voice in our heads. it also means liberating ourselves from conventional expectations - from what we think our work “ought” to be or “should” look like. stay stupid. follow your unconventional, crazy heart.

steven pressfield’s do the work

get yourself a copy immediately… i mean stop reading tumblr right now.

walk on over to your locally owned bookshop or (if you don’t have one of those handy) pop over to amazon and spring for overnight delivery. you can thank me later.

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my advice is if you love it and you wanna do it and it’s your dream, don’t let anybody tell you no. just do it.
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I don’t just work for my projects, I work because I need to take a picture when I see it in front of me.
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I recently had the pleasure of two fun shoots with The Chicago Tribune. Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement and The Joy Luck Club, was a pure delight to meet and chat with. I also loved getting to know Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru who recently released The League of Denial. Hop on over to my website to see more work from both shoots!

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It’s not art if the world (or at least a tiny portion of it) isn’t transformed in some way. And it’s not art if it’s not generous. And most of all, it’s not art if there’s no risk. The risk isn’t the risk of financial ruin (though that might be part of it). No, the risk is the risk of rejection. Of puzzlement. Of stasis. Art requires the artist to care, and to care enough to do something when he knows it might not work.
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Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
— Jack Canfield’s words of wisdom which, along with this kick-ass book by Steven Pressfield, are my 2014 mottos.