Everyone has reasons for the things they engage, which by their actions define that person.
The sage old adage of “It must work for them” really does not cover the reasons why people do things that well.
I thought about why I do some of the things which I engage as an Artist, this week. It was brought into high focus for me by conversations with editors who I greatly respect in publishing and commercial ventures.
It made me think about why I shoot what I do, especially the Ocean stuff.
I mean, the world does not need another perfect glimpse of my watery world. So why do it, why swim with a camera every chance I get?
The flippant answer would be: “Because I can”.
But that one is far from accurate. I am very good at what I do. Possibly one of the best I have ever seen.
That is not why. I am not doing it to be labeled as “the best”. I really could care less about labels being applied to my work, by people who know little to nothing about my life and relationship with the Ocean.
I do it because it makes me happy. I love it. And I see it as the very best aspect of human nature to want to share what we love.
So I do that.
Simple really. But my hope is bigger than that. It is the possibility that if maybe a few more people did things just because they loved to, maybe the world would be a better place.
We all should want that: a better place.
How things look through my lens: better.
Life is about focus.