Today I was asked by yet another major art collector if I could make a giant print for him of the June postcard photograph of Melissa in the cemetery. This will be the biggest print I’ve ever made of any of my photos. I haven’t really had the chance to tell anyone about it today, so I guess I’ll say it here.
A few months ago I decided to really make a point to follow my gut. I’m making decisions about how I present my photography and how I am continuing to make new photography based on what I feel deep down is my own truth. It’s not that I wasn’t following my gut in the past, it’s just that I was listening to it but being a little slow to act on it. Not any more.
I’ve always enjoyed a certain amount of praise for my work, but something has happened in the last few weeks that is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. I feel like I’ve been standing in a dimly room with my work and suddenly someone has turned a light on in there and people are noticing it.
All this has done is simply fueled my fire even more than it has been in the past. Some of the decisions that I’ve been making have been difficult ones, but the “follow your bliss” method of living seems to be generating rewards beyond what I could have imagined. It’s been hard work, getting this Billy Sheahan Photography machine up and running at the level it is now. There are more challenges and frustrations to overcome every day. But I’m doing it.
Yes, I will be making new and amazing art very soon and I will continue to push it out into the world. It’s the only thing I can do.