A video interview with landscape photographer Alain Briot on SmibsTV (Episode 24). In an interesting bit from the early going in the interview, Alain talks about how hard he was working making at living at something that didn't make him very happy, at which point, he says, he asked himself the question in the post title. The rest, as they say, is history. It's certainly an interesting way to look at life.
Alain's new book is due out later this month and is available for pre-order now.
Featured Comment by Dustin: "Great interview. It was motivating to hear a photographer actually talking about being able to make a living doing what you love. It seems that most of the time we all hear about the negatives a whole lot more than the positives."
Featured Comment by Ken Tanaka: "That's a very nice talk with Alain. I encourage young people, in particular, to watch this interview as it's full of encouragement for reality-checking and rational self-assessment. I also encourage practicing 'fine art' photographers to watch, this as Alain's attitudes regarding the balance between his art and his business is a very healthy and productive one that many others might benefit from studying and adopting. Yes, he admits encounters with luck. But when you look at the whole story you realize that he made the opportunities for lucky encounters.
"I do not follow landscape photography very closely, per se, but I consider Alain to be one of America's preeminent practitioners today. I admire his work as the wonderful art that it is...nobody does it better. But I also admire his determination and fortitude to succeed and his willingness to share time and perspectives with others."