As many of you now know, I have found inspiration for my photography in old abandoned things and places. My love for this type of photography comes from the minute and delicate and sometimes “ugly” life that surrounds us but is often overlooked. From my previous post you know that I had one of those extreme inspired shoots at Old Car City USA, a junkyard of abandoned automobiles and trucks.
Recently during one of our morning Coffee & Sharing photographer meetup events that I host, I had an encounter that caught me off guard and humbled me.
A photographer new to our group came up to me and said ” I came today because I wanted to meet you. I want you to know that your work inspired me”. Well I’m standing there looking at this lady and thinking, what??, really?? Of course my first reaction is that I am flattered, but part of me is still thinking, what?? really??
She explained that she photographs cars too, but the perfect ones, shiny & polished. She saw my photos from the junkyard shoot of the old, rusted and abandoned cars and really liked them. She would always pass by the “ugly” cars but through my photos saw the beauty that I saw.
I tell you, I had such a swell of emotion knowing that I had inspired someone through my photography, that (and my sisters will get this) I felt that lump in my throat that comes right before some tears. Did I hear that right? My photography had inspired someone?
Two other photographers (whose work I admire) also told me how much they loved my Abandoned Series. These three photographers gave me a moment that took me by surprise and humbled me. It is a day I will never forget.
So Barbara, thank you for taking the time to not only come out for this event, but to share how you felt about my photography. To Steve and Dan, thank you for your encouragement and kind words. I feel truly blessed.
So what I want to leave you with from this post is; no matter what art form or level of your skill set, you can inspire someone and open up a new avenue for their creativity.