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Cartier-Bresson said it. Your first ten thousand images are your worst. Zack Arias speaks of the frustration, dark days, and transformation that inherently come with being a photographer. And yet with all that, it's why I do what I do. There is just something about a still image, that when shot with my heart, speaks like no other art form. It is a frozen millisecond that can spark an emotions and even influence generations.
I know I'll never be an Alfred Eisenstaedt or be in the place to shoot like Eddie Adams. I will not be tutored by my heroes like Eugene Smith or know the likes of Richard Avedon. Yet their work inspires me. I"ve heard it said the time for the still image has passed. But I think we are in what will one day be thought of as one of the greatest ages for photography. There's a new spark, a new interest. My classes are filled by students who want more knowledge about the art and the operation of their still cameras. That's why I do it, to inspire and be inspired.