I Am A Writer, I Am A Photographer
Every writer I know has had trouble making the statement “I am a writer.” I can say it now — after 30+ years spent writing — on most days.
I’ve been making photographs for a shorter time. Taking them for a long time, yes. Making them, no. So I am not yet comfortable saying “I am a photographer.”
But I’m working on it. I’m reading so much on the subject of photography these days that I can’t remember how I came across the statement on this wallpaper. But I liked it so much that I resisted closing its tab on my computer. It spoke to me so strongly in part for what it says about the kind of photographer I want to be and for what it says about the kind of writer I hope I am.
Do you consider yourself a writer? A photographer? What did it take for you to get to the point of being comfortable saying “I Am…”?
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.