Make Me Care. Make Me Laugh. Make Me Cry.

If you want people to listen to your art – your photographs, your writing, your Twitter stream – make it human. Make me care. Make me laugh. Make me cry. Show me your soul. Pull up your shirt and show me the scars from your heartbreak. Tell me a story. Show me your art and let it move me. Don’t tell me you got a new lens, that your photograph won an obscure award, or that you just sold a print to some dude in Arizona. When our art becomes a quick piece of “look at me” that cost us nothing – no tears, no fear, no blood – then we’re creating noise, not signal.

I think sometimes there’s a certain arrogance that creeps from photographers. Lets says you’ve practically mastered every technical aspect that allows you to capture the photograph you’ve hatched in your head and this in return makes it relatively easy to assume you’ve acquired every ounce of knowledge you would ever need to pull off any shoot but the truth is that you never stop learning.

As a person who’s unquestionably in the premature stages of lengthy and curvy trail that may potentially lead in becoming a better photographer, I can tell you that I esteem and draw motivation from those in the industry who showcase strength and confidence through their work but perhaps even more so from those who are willing to “show their scars” and not profess that they could never do any wrong.

Like David states, there certainly is a something special that occurs when you reveal your weaknesses, your defeats and vulnerabilities to others. We all have them and by not concealing them, you let other’s aware that it’s OK to have them. You should be concern about wanting to make people care not only with what you can do with a camera but about you as a person because ultimately anything that you create will and should have a little of you.