Monday, December 03, 2007

The Only Thing We Have to Fear.......

Liz Kuball announced on her blog that December was Portrait month. I like Liz's blog because she is so open and honest about her journey as a photographer. She wants to get over her fear of approaching strangers and asking to make a portrait. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his speech in 1933, ...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

Liz is using that quote to get herself past her fear of doing what she wants to do but is paralyzed with fear about doing....Making portraits of Strangers. And just to be sure that she is committed, she has announced before God and fellow bloggers that she is going to make and post a portrait everyday during the month of December. I'm in awe of her commitment and my first thought was that I should do the same thing....Commit on the blog to making a portrait everyday during December because this ties in with a portrait project that I've been thinking about for a couple of years. Sometimes I think I'm just procrastinating but maybe it is fear. I started asking myself what is the fear.

Afraid I'll fail?

Afraid people will think I'm crazy?

Afraid they will say "No?"

Afraid I can't stick with the plan?

Afraid my portraits will be copycat, be bland, have no soul?

Afraid to try it with the Holga camera?

Well this list could go on but I think you get the idea. I'm not as brave as Liz. I'm not committing to making the portrait of a stranger everyday during December but I am going to try to make more portraits of strangers, family and friends this month. So when you visit you might see some of them posted.


wayne said...

I like that you post the portraits but let them speak for themselves, never identifying the individual. You truly have a gift for knowing what is right.

Billie said...

Wayne, what a nice thing to say. Nothing could make me happier than to have someone look at a portrait and write their own story about what they see and who the people are.

Theresa said...

I agree with your assesment of fear. There are things that terrify me totally out of proportion to reality. And the longer I procratinate the bigger the fear grows, I had the world's longest divorce because I became illogically afraid of filing my final papers, I don't know why, maybe I was afraid that they would tell me "no, you can't quit this marriage, go back and make it work, you slacker!".

1st Mate said...

Last time I took a Mexican's picture he said "Five dollars!" It took me a minute to understand he was kidding. Of course, I was shooting digital, so if he had been serious, I could just show him I'd just deleted his shot and walk away.