What career path would you have followed if you hadn't chosen the one you're on now? Because my own professional route has been so meandering, I've given a lot of thought to this question. There's a consistent answer that's been with me for as long as I can recall: one of my gently-laid-down goals along the way was to be a professional photographer. There was a time, in fact, when I very much believed I would be a professional photographer.
Today I've discovered the website of photographer Alicia Bock. I immediately fell in love with her home page graphic and have since been indulging in her portfolios for a while. I've come to the conclusion that this woman doesn't have a single photograph I do not love. The subjects, composition, and texture of her images are so compelling. Her gallery reminded me of the sort of photographer I once thought I'd like to be.
Putting nostalgia aside, I'll admit that contemplating her galleries and peeking through her blog gave me a surprising comfort, too. Instead of the familiar lament, "Why didn't I do this?" I felt something new as I enjoyed her work. It was along the lines of, "Well okay, I know there were already forty jillion photographers in the world, but as long as this woman is putting out work like this, I can let it go. I don't have to mourn the images that will never emerge from my own photographic vision. Alicia Bock has got it covered."
I know. Arrogant to even suppose my work would have been on par with hers. But? Enjoying a Saturday morning with its vanilla bean coffee, serenaded by Paul Simon, listening to those birds outside the window with its perfect rays, a woman can have her fantasies.
Although I did discover a couple of outdated links on her site (no doubt due to the additional demands of motherhood,) I find her blog: bloom, grow, love, is kept quite up to date...and is as beautiful as her website.
You won't be surprised to learn that I found her on Etsy. Preparing to add a new listing of one of my necklaces to my own brand new shop, I peeked around to see what other discoveries were available to me on the home page. I almost didn't indulge. So glad I did...