I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to be in the Great Smoky mountains again after two anxious weeks of park closures. I’m back at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont for the Autumn Brilliance workshop, my oasis of friendship and inspiration… that almost didn’t happen. It came down to the wire but the workshop is proceeding and we Tremont Junkies couldn’t be happier.
I spend a lot of time trying to give Fred and George the world through experiential education but this weekend it’s my turn. As I head into a weekend of challenges that will expand the limits of my abilities, I know I’ll have these amazing people by my side and I’ll be by theirs. They have all impacted me in different ways and I’m all the better for it. I’ve tried to express the value of their impact on me before but Steve Zigler expressed it so much better recently:
It takes many people to make an photograph. Photographers don’t like to admit it, but great photographs are rarely the result of a solitary effort. Photographers learn from other photographers. Photographers scout locations and shoot images with other photographers. Photographers gain insights and inspiration from many people. In a way, a photograph is merely a reflection of the photographer’s life experiences. So, in a very real sense, my photography is directly shaped by those who have shaped me. My photography would not be possible without the influence of my family and friends.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust