Light is Everything!

Vivian Maier

Some recent life events have caused me to give pause and think about photography. I’ve come to realize that our entire culture today of social media is completely based on sharing. For Photographers, it’s about sharing photos. We judge success by Facebook likes or Twitter retweets. We virtually don’t know a world now without this. We are constantly seeking feedback from others. And if we don’t get it or someone else receives more than we do, we take it as a personal knock against us. We’ve created a culture of “social-media-peeping-toms.” Now what if someone were to short circuit that culture of feedback? What would happen if a Photographer took hundreds of thousands of photos but never showed them to a single person?

Enter: Vivian Maier.

This documentary is due out in March of this year.

This woman blows my mind. Not only because her street photography photos rock the set. But because of her completely opposite attitude when it comes to sharing photos. She just didn’t. Ever. It wasn’t until after her death that we get an open window into the life and work of a truly amazing photographer.

Think about this the next time you Instagram, Facebook, Tweet, Vine, etc ad nauseam. What if nobody else ever saw your work? Could you possibly live without being a social media princess – without your groupies and fans? Could you live without the likes? Could you function without the retweets and  shares?  Can you distill away all the jibber jabber and just be happy with your negatives in a box (or RAW files on a hard drive)?

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