mentorship

dog

This polaroid was taken out the front of my studio in Fremantle. I walked past this van and noticed this dog with his head sticking out the window with sunglasses on. I ran into the office to grab my polaroid camera and was mighty glad to see him still sitting there when I got back. I was trying to get close to get the photo when he tired to bite my head off. His owner was nowhere in sight. One of my favourite polaroids :)


I am working on a *special* project that will involve me mentoring a young artist. Ideally the person will be around 16-21 years old. I am not interested in teaching how to be a wedding photographer, or anything really related to commercial photography (however I am opening up a mentor program that will cater to this, if you are at all interested, email me for more details). This project is about being an artist. I am currently reading an amazing book by Seth Godin called “Linchpin“. A quote that helps me sum up what this project is about. “Art is about intent and communication not the medium you work in. An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo and an artist takes it personally.” I have really enjoyed reading this book, Ive almost finished and once I finish, I will probably reread it straight away. I have never reread a book straight away before, so take that as a sign that this book is amazing :) I have read a number of Seth Godin‘s books. I particularly enjoyed reading ‘Tribes‘ too.

Over the past two years, I have spent much time, thought and energy into studying what it means to be an artist and my role as an artist. The last few months in particular have been a really defining point in my life. I have faced a lot of fears and learning to overcome the things that are holding me back. 2010 is going to be all about conquering fears ;)   One item in particular is writing. Oh how I wish I was a better writer. I have so many thoughts flying around in my head that I wish I could express myself better in words. There is so much I want to write on this blog and so today is my first step towards bravery, insight, creativity and boldness.

So getting back to the project.. One day I thought, what if I could give some of the information I know today to the ’15 year old Samm’ alive and kicking in 1998. Some of the things I know now, I could have really benefited knowing when I was 15 years old. (I am sure, 15 year old Samm could teach me a thing or two). So rather then this just being a wish,  the idea of the project was formed. How amazing and beautiful would it be, if I could give some of the information and insight I have learnt over the past few years to a younger artist. This project is part of a much grander project I am pouring my heart into (I will share more details of this in the future). This mentoring project can be part of the JUMP Mentoring Program, read more about it at www.jumpmentoring.com.au.

If you or someone you know is at all interested, please get in contact with me :)

  • Michelle said:

    My hat is off to you! I love writing (I'm an old Lit major) and have dedicated myself to a return to etching my thoughts onto paper (or electronic versions) again, something I've neglected for awhile. I applaud you, I think it's amazing to use different mediums to express yourself and your vision of the world, both the internal and external visions! Have fun with it! M.

  • I just bought Linchpin - I can't wait to start on it!
    p.s. I LOVE re-reading books. 'Fast Track Photographer' is a book I feel like I'll re-read 1x each year.
    xo

  • go for it Samm, this project is so special....
    what a gift ..

  • Gwen said:

    The sunnies on the dog remind me of another photo you took of another very special dog years ago.

  • Jess Marshall said:

    What an amazing and beautiful person you are Samm! I can't wait to see this develop! and read more of your 'personal' blogs! You are such a SPECIAL person in my life!! xxxx