Hi Stephan — thanks so much for the thoughtful response. A couple thoughts coming off your note…
First, I wonder if in some ways the process of art isn’t already often tied to the personal lives of artists? Are we not aware, and somewhat romanticized, by Warhol’s Factory, Pollack’s studio, Close’s affliction, Van Gogh’s ear? In fact, it seems like art is the one profession where we actually don’t need to hide behind a desk, computer or business imperative for what we do and can actually pour ourselves into our work, letting it be the window into a human soul. Isn’t that subject of the great poets, musicians, dancers and painters? Why must the photographer remain the distant, objective observer when all other art forms embrace our inner humanity?
But even more, my hope in the article was not necessarily about personal exposure so much as a recognition of the power of what surrounds you. In photography, a lot of us grew up thinking that you had to go find an undiscovered corner of the Earth in order to be taken seriously. I’m really just challenging that notion (as much for myself) to find what is beautiful about the life you lead, not the one you think you need to go discover to find your originality. That it might be in the little things you experience everyday that nobody else does.
Hope that clarifies a bit. And I appreciate the challenge to the ideas, as it helps clarify it for myself. :)