What's in a Name: The EMPOWERING Story Photographers​ ​​Write for Themselves

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Portrait of Ansel Adams, circa 1947. Photo by J. Malcolm Greany.

Very often the first piece of information we have about a person is their name.

It’s very often the first thing you learn about someone and we form judgments about people very rapidly. And those judgments accumulate, so the first piece of information is especially important. It can lean you in a positive direction or a negative direction. And those first impressions can set the stage for future interactions.

But I think its different (at least when it comes to photography) when you look at someone's art.

Sure, you still see an artist name above an Instagram post (Check out my page) or below a person piece of artwork at a museum, but looking at there photography first paints a different picture for the person who is behind the work. its the same thing as listening to a piece of music you love and imagining the person who could write such an incredible song.

usually, we imagine such a person with success and fame, a person who is a lover, a beautiful writer, and just overall a cool cat. But as soon as you look past the surface of a personal art, and look at who they really are, I know personally, it can kinda be a turn-off. I remember listening to Hozier for the first time and just ogling over his music, I'd imagine him as a man with no limitations, and more importantly, a man who is free. but seeing for the first time in Austin, Texas looking at how he truly is, seeing how he interacts with others, it changed my perspective on what his music meant.

This was EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE for me. So here is my question for you when you look at a piece of art:

Do you go and look into the artist behind the art, or do you appreciate the photo for what it is?

Tell me what you think in the comments,

Dallin Spencer


Thanks For reading!

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Till Next time,

Dallin Spencer

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