Being in the spotlight is something many artists and photographers dream about. For photographers, when they see themselves on stage or teaching in front of a group of their peers, they relish that attention and kudos.
This past year was a whirlwind for me, I was teaching and traveling somewhere every month from September through until June. I met some very wonderful people that I'm sure I will stay in touch with always, and I also experienced what it was like to be inappropriately touched, and endured sexual innuendo and suggestive comments by a photographer in our industry that is greatly respected and looked up to. This was shocking and very disappointing, and I also managed to get in front of a select few that made it their mission to make my teaching experiences as bad as possible, or were simply upset that their own wants could not be met due to the sheer size and circumstances of the class.
We constantly change and grow in our lives, within this industry, if you are not careful you can get chewed up and spit out. I am an empath, and an artist and with that comes sensitivity. I react to both the positive and the negative events and comments. I am strong, but at this point in my career I feel beat up. So because of all these emotional events, I am taking a huge step back in my sharing of myself and my tools and processes. I am retiring Chasing Light Actions and Tools for Photographers because the market is quiet literally flooded with all of these style of tools and it just isn't worth the upkeep and maintenance any more.
I am going to get back to focusing on photography and art as a passion and a creative outlet.
Time to retreat back to the quiet of my simple life without the pull of others.