This is it..
What an amazing gift this has been.
I keep hearing from folks about what In contributed to this community and I am a floored everytime I hear it. I feel as though I did nothing out of the ordinary, I visited, I observed, I collected and I shared.
This place has changed me for life.
I have learned much about myself, through solitude, through hardship, through challenges and through exploration.
I know that I NEED to do this again, I NEED to visit, to immerse, to explore and to share..
I just need someone smarter than me to help me figure out how to make that work.
It’ll get figured out.
I want to take a minute to thank the fine folks of the Unscripted Festival who created this residency program. I am so thankful they took a chance on a 50 year old man who was just rediscovering what it is to be an artist, to see the world in a different way.
To be honest, I wasn’t even going to apply for this residency. I have mentioned it before but I suffer in a very large way from imposter syndrome. Even now, after the past two months, I still sometimes feel like a fake. I thought, who am I to apply for this, I’ll never get it, there are so many more people more talented, more deserving.
But, with the encouragement of my beautiful wife I did it…. and low and behold… I got it….
Folks, please, take from a man who struggles with this every single day, don’t let your self-doubts prevent you from reaching for your dreams. It’s hard, its damn hard, to push those internal voices to one side and to go for it, but its soooo worth it.
I now have the confidence to go after everything I can, and while I will always have those internal doubts, I know I am deserving.
So, whats the next step?
Well, now its time to get through August… I have a ton to do, shows to hangs, new places to visit, calendars to ship and many many more photos to take and share….
I am also going to start a weekly webinar, though that may have to wait until Sept, it will happen.
I want to close with where I started.
Its fitting that one of the first photos I took was on the outside looking in, and one of the very last photos I took was in the exact same shed, but this time on the inside looking out. If there is a more fitting metaphor of my brilliant time here in Twillingate and how the people here welcomed and supported me… I don’t know what it is….
I am blessed, I am thankful….
And I am out of here….
Stay tuned, the blog continues tomorrow night…
Everything is appreciated folks, including your kind words of encouragement and support.