Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Can You Grow Beyond Your Fears? Photographer Rodney Smith on learning and teaching... and accepting.

With this interchange the two sisters quarreled and abruptly the one uncomfortable sister rose from her chair and walked out of the classroom, never to be seen again. Unfortunately, I was never able to get past the fears of this troubled person. This girls pictures were a perfect reflection of who she was. Someone so troubled, so controlled, so unable to let her feelings out. Her pictures reflected her life at that moment.

I remember this moment because there was so much I could have done for her. Her feelings were right on the surface ready to be expressed in a positive and powerful way, but I never had the chance.

Photography is not without great emotion, even passion and intellect. I want you all to learn to let the fears out, to expose the person that lies deep below all the anxieties. The person who reaches out to the world around us and sings at the top of their lungs a resounding YES to life.

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