I finished reading Scary Close last weekend and thought I’d share about it. It’s not a photography book (in that it doesn’t contain tips about taking picture or artistic approach) but I took a great deal of artistic inspiration from Scary Close.
Scary Close is Don Millers story of learning to drop his protective act, stop manipulative people and being dependent upon their approval and applause and instead find true intimacy through vulnerability (maybe you see where I’m going with this already). I struggle with truly being open and myself. I’ve often put on acts and rolls to perform in the hope that people would accept “that” version of Chris (After all, how could people accept the real version)?
The net result of this has been that I’ve hidden aspects of myself such as the artistic side of me. I’ve settled for more conventional aspects which don’t alarm people. Reading this made me realise that I should be more true to myself and more vulnerable in showing my art. That probably means I’ll pick up some more bruises (figurative) along the way, but great rewards always have great risks.