On the importance of still having meaning conversations with creatives
The other day I was streaming a B&H workshop called How to Have a 20/20 Vision in 2020: Propel Your Conversation into Successful Relationships. That’s how I found out about Conversations New York, which is definitely something worth checking out, I think.
As mostly listening, while editing images, a few things came to mind:
- Workshops that emphasize that talking among ourselves, actually conversing, is not a thing of the past; (re)learning how to have conversations (especially conversations that might include points we don’t all completely agree on) is perhaps much needed now, more than ever….
- Workshops about carrying productive, meaningful conversations also remind that a conversation is a two-way street. And yet, oftentimes it seems that, as creatives, we end up having one-way conversations with (certain) clients, especially when we have to follow up with the said clients.
- Workshops teaching about productive, meaningful conversations and the importance of still having those conversations offer advice to those of us working with people (photographing people or writing about people) better connect with and understand our subjects and their stories; thus, we capture their stories in a more powerful way
I believe that, in a world in which we can express ourselves in any way we want, using any art form that we want, having conversations (talking and also listening to what others have to say) is still important. At times, a meaningful conversation can become a laboratory for ideas that could change our lives for the better; it can mark the beginning of a friendship or partnership or, in day-to-day work, the first step towards completing an assignment, in particular a writing- or photography-related assignment.
As an educator who sometimes also gets to talk about photography outside the classroom, I still believe in the importance of having productive and meaningful conversations. Sometimes the essence of those conversations and the voices of people we talk to remain forever in our minds, guiding us through life.
As always, thanks for stopping by,