Some of you may be familiar with the story of Vivian Maier. It is one of the most interesting stories unfolding in photography in recent years and it all started with the accidental discovery of an incredible body of work by an unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. Incredible in terms of quality and the sheer volume of photographs. If you’re not familiar with the backstory – in 2007, John Maloof, a real estate agent in Chicago, who was working on a project documenting the one neighborhood in Chicago, discovered and bought a vast collection of negatives and prints of a completely unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. Her story is very well documented on the following websites if you would like to read more: Vivian Maier – bio ; Wikipedia.
Last Friday I was able to attend her exhibition in NYC. It was such a pleasurable moment and so precious. The exhibition will run until January 28th at the Howard Greenberg Gallery.
What makes her story compelling is that her talent is on par with the greatest names in street photography and yet she never shared her work with anyone. Photography was her passion and she lived it every day of her life and never sought validation. She didn’t care if she made money, impressed anyone or won any contests. Maybe that or maybe she was so unsure of her talent that she was afraid to show it.
For someone like me who seeks validation all the time. Who still expects to get A’s or star stickers for all she does. In my parenting choices, in my reading choices, who gets all excited that someone leaves a comment on her blog or Flickr stream…It is a lesson in humility and a life lesson that maybe I should do things for the love of it and just stop seeking validation.
Shoot for the love of art
Read for the love of books
Parent for the love of my children
What would you do just for the love of it?