Is There a Link Between "Old Souls" and Incredible Photography?
A friend of mine sent me an article titled "The 6 Most Common Traits of Old Souls" and it got me to thinking. In this article by Jeff Wilson, he defines ‘Old Souls’ as a special kind of being that their physical age doesn’t match their emotional or spiritual depth. When I was younger, I was told that I was an old soul many times, now I am just old!
Wilson says "you can recognize an old soul by their eyes", and I have to agree with Jeff. Wilson lists the following traits regarding old souls:
I found myself thinking about some select photographers of the past and I feel like many of these traits likely ring true to who they really were as human beings. I think of Irving Penn, Julie Margaret Cameron, and Ansel Adams. I suspect that some of these traits also help shape and define the creative aspects of a photographer as well. I am curious to know what you think.
So, do you think you are an old soul photographer?
Video Workshops For Analog Photographers
Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.
I would add the following characteristics of an old soul.
1. They understand and see the interconnectedness, the interdependency, the "interbeing" of all things. (I've borrowed "interbeing" from Thich Nhat Hanh.) http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/
2. They see themselves as a part of something much bigger; as a part of everything.
3. They view each thing; each leaf, each twig, each flower, each..... as a work of art to which they are inseparably connected.
4. They see themselves as valuable to the universe through a lens of humility that recognizes they are only valuable as an integral element in something much larger. It is neither arrogance because they've made themselves valuable, nor some disabling humility based on shame.
5. And for those old souls who also happen to be photographers they always struggle and sometimes succeed in making a photograph that communicates, at least to them, how they see themselves in the world.
No comments posted.
Recent PostsLarge Format Pictorialist Silver Gelatin Prints Are The New 21st Century Alt Method Darkroom Diary Episode 23 (Ultra Large Format Silver Gelatin Contact Print) Darkroom Diary Episode 22 (Mounting Ice Princess Silver Gelatin Print) Darkroom Underground Episode 1 - Ultra Large Format Paper Negatives Darkroom Underground Episode 1 Preview - Ultra Large Format Paper Negatives at Hodgson Mill New Darkroom Underground Analog Photography Membership Darkroom Diary Episode 21 (Testing Ilford WT as an 8x10 Large Format Paper Negative) Darkroom Diary Episode 20 (TT Signature Pictorialist Lens) How To Make Enlarged Analog Negatives Darkroom Diary Episode 19 (DIY LED Lightbox For Viewing Film)