“Into their eyes”
Written to “You Are All I See” by Active Child
(Photographs by Montana Dennis of my beautiful wife and I.)
A narcissistic and myopic industry will always lack diversity because it’s only drawing from itself.
We are missing out on a goldmine of diversity if we only turned our attention to our clients. Those that have paid us to tell their story. When we limit our art to our own perspectives, passions and emotions our clients become props, completely interchangeable. They become part of our “style” and the longing to create through capturing just becomes a frustration to create.
Like in marriage, being ourselves will help us to attract the right mate. But what if we stop there? What if we only focus on our goals and passions and ignore their vulnerabilities and the things that move them? Where will we be?
When we invest in the eyes that are looking into our camera, it becomes less about the painting and more about the brush strokes. The subtleties. The things that they might not even know about themselves.
I believe it is those moments, those stories that will bring real growth. And rather than seeking to be noticed by the blogs and the magazines. We will seek to be cherished by those moved most; The mother who can’t stop crying, the bride that can’t stop smiling, the husband that can’t stop staring.
We need to stop looking outward and start looking into their eyes again.