Over the years, a number of people have been kind enough to answer my many questions. When I was first began investigating entering art fairs, the assistance I received from various artists was most beneficial.
I learned photography by asking questions of myself, then researching the answers by reading.
Even if I obtained only one new idea, generated another question to research, or found a different technique that piqued my interest, each author unknowingly assisted me in my endeavor.
Teachers And Others
Looking back throughout my younger life, and then working career, a variety of teachers and others provided insight.
Though unrelated perhaps to anything I was doing at the time, each insight helped push my creativity further.
Can Not Pay Back - Thus Pay It Forward
There is no way to pay any of the individuals back for their contribution to my education, whether formal or through lifelong learning.
However, I can pay it forward.
Paying it forward, to me, is not a singular event but rather a continuum without an end. It is a lifelong process.
Though I have made monetary donations, such as to Children’s Hospital, paying it forward isn’t always about money. Here are just two additional ways I pay it forward.
Within my Powder Hill Photography business, as part of my “Pay it Forward” program, I offer print donations to causes that ideally help kids. Silent Auctions at art shows, as an example, often help generate income for the entity's scholarship funds.
In addition to the donations, I consider answering questions also part of paying it forward. I am always happy to answer any questions that may be asked, whether at art fairs or via email.
Through my writing, I share many of these responses. Maybe one thought in one of my writings will help another.
“Where did you purchase your tent?”
“What is your go-to lens?”
“Where did you purchase your chair (for art fairs)?”
“What software do you use?”
“Are all your images from Wisconsin?”
This is just a sampling of the questions which have generated an article. If one person asked the question, there probably are others who have the same question. The articles exist to for future reference.
People Helping People
Paying it Forward isn't some magical process. In our own way, it is simply people helping people.