I remember an interview with photographer Gregory Heisler in which he said, “Work as hard for yourself as you work for someone else.” I’ve always applied that work ethic to my business. The old adage of hard work pays off in the end.
In the past six months, something fundamental has shifted in our society. A shift that has turned photography upside down in such a fundamental way that things may never again be the same. Whether this is good or bad has yet to be determined. Only time will tell.
What I do know is that I’m working harder than ever for less money. Technology allows us to work from virtually anywhere, always in touch with each other, our work and the world. But is this a good thing? I recently enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Austin, Texas photographer Kirk Tuck. He shared with me an article he wrote about this very topic. “Working 24/7 and Slowly Going Insane? Join the Club? No Thanks!”
In the midst of all this change, it’s good to pause and reflect on who we’re really working for. A chance to determine what matters most to us. What do we want to do with our lives? What are we putting out into the world with our actions, our choices? Kirk shared a story that I feel is poignant and thoughtful.
One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all.
One is Unhappiness or Evil — It is anger, jealousy, fear, regret, greed, arrogance, sorrow, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, false pride, superiority, weakness and ego.
The other is Happiness or Good — It is joy, love, hope, serenity, benevolence, peace, empathy, kindness, generosity, truth, humility, faith, strength and compassion.”
The grandson thought about it for a while and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” — Cherokee Elder
So tell me. Who do YOU work for?