I like to read, as my previous blog post may have indicated. This year I came across Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. This is a follow up to his seminal work Steal Like An Artist book which I bought previously, and I enjoyed it just as much, possibly more.
In Show Your Work, Austin encourages you to sing the praises of fellow creatives: people who share your passion, may be on a similar path to yourself, or whom you admire greatly. Shout about how they’ve inspired you, helped you, or have fallen in, and climbed out, of the same pitfalls you’ve fallen in. These are not Austin’s exact words, but it’s how I read it, and the sentiment is near enough. I like this idea, and thought it would make a perfect sub-series for my blog. The models, photographers, videographers, and fellow creatives who have helped me along my journey, either directly or indirectly. So, what better place to start than with the author himself?
Austin’s books are just fabulous. They’re written with both insight and humour. These are not long, heavy books, rather a little sunshine into your day, especially if you’ve ever struggled for inspiration – something which I used to think was my own personal problem, but not realise it affects a great many creatives. I’ve felt a great deal of motivation surging through my mind after reading Austin’s books. Some of the ideas in there I’ve put to good use, and have read read both books at least twice when I’ve been struggling creatively.
I know that Austin’s words, drawing, and “Newspaper Blackout” redacted poetry were not written specifically for me, but they have directly helped me along the way during my photography journey. His name is a fitting one to start of this “In Praise Of …” series of posts, as the idea was written down whilst reading his work. Thank you Austin.
Here’s a sunset picture tI took recently that has nothing to do with the post, or it’s subject. This is primarily a photography blog, so a picture always seems to be appropriate.