It sometimes seems a requirement to claim belonging to one of society's sub-groupings, or tribes, as some might call them. As a means of identity, it's important because these groupings help us, individually and collectively, to determine a sense of culture, beliefs or preferences.
Beyond the occasional shady public funding for their stadiums and mega-museums, contemporary art carries nearly nothing in common with most professional sports. Sports have a complex set of rigid rules privileging merit and a fan culture that mimics elements of nationalism.
"My job is not to document a story, or see right or wrong -- you must step out of the way and allow the picture to enter the camera," explains British-Israeli and Berlin-based artist, Yishay Garbansz.
A simple change in thinking has given me the tools to work harder on my ideas, clearing space for more of the good stuff. Giving myself permission to just "be" who I am and create what I need to create has changed my daily business life, drastically.
Three years ago Sprout, cable's only 24 hour channel geared towards pre-schoolers, launched a very "real" social campaign. Termed #momishere and #nofilter30, Sprout is encouraging mothers everywhere to simply stop taking pictures of just their kids, and jump in the picture with them.
This week, the international photography world is descending upon Paramount Studios for the third annual Los Angeles edition of the Paris Photo fair.
The next time I lay down to die, I hope to be an old woman, with deeply-etched laugh lines and gnarled knuckles from gripping my camera too fervently, my pen too fondly. Because it won't be tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that. I still have so much light to find.
Photographer Jason Peterson's Instagram account consists of solely black and white images. There's only a few accounts that I know of that follow the black and one aesthetic and his is among the most popular with over 400K followers and counting.