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  • For Artists Only (writers, of course, count)
  • This morning a man who likes my photographs sent me the following quote. I've never (yet) met the man, but have been humbled and honored by his long-range appreciation of what it is I try to do as an artist.

    I was very touched by his kindness and thoughtfulness in sending this to me. As I told a new Cowbird friend today, I have been very fortunate in so many ways in my life, not least as a photographer, yet on an ongoing basis I still utterly relate to the entire range of experience in the words below.

    I knew the second I saw this piece that I wanted to share it with all of us here in Cowbird, so I Googled the attributed name, David Ackert, and my heart sank a little when I got to his site 'cause this guy looked very Professional and Smooth and Corporate and, probably, Unreachable.

    Ah, ye (me) of little faith.....but, I thought, what the hell, I love the message, I'm gonna write his site and ask if I could share his words.

    Lo and behold, he got right back to me saying go for it.

    So you see, dear friends, old and new, this has been a day of unexpected gifts.

    And I am, thanks to the great kindness of others, very pleased to share the following with you.

    My only coda to it would be a resounding, "Amen."

    "Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime…Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes." - David Ackert

    This quote is used thanks to the kind permission of David Ackert who is easily found on Google. (thank you David and Richard)
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