My path to where I am now is a long and winding one. I wouldn’t have guessed 10 years ago or when I was much younger that I would arrive here. When I was young, no one ever said to me “Leanne, what do you want to do when you grow up?” I was not interested in the idea of getting married and making babies.
I was also not able to find an inroad into the world of photography. Even though I started writing and taking photos at the age of 12, I always did them because they were all that I was really interested in. They were and still are how I make sense of the world.
Writing and photography have been the most consistent things that I have done for over 50 years. Somehow they have managed to meet in unexpected ways. Like this newsletter.
I have managed to combine my love of New York City into becoming a tour guide. My love of photography became my entry into street photography without realizing that there was such a thing. It is my happy accident.
And my mind that is always working overtime thinking about what it all means has turned into me writing about it all. It is a path of self-discovery. When I talk with people on my tours
about photography and in particular about street photography, I always tell them that I am sharing my experience and that I am always learning.
I am on a good day, an expert on myself. I will not tell you that there is a single definitive method or answer about how and what photography should be. There are many ways. I won’t tell you that I know better than you how your photos should look.
So not only have I become a tour guide, a workshop teacher and a writer & artist, I have become a mentor for many amazing people from around the world. I share what I know and others find value in it. So my accidental career that happened out of failures in my business world career have led me here to a place that I found without a map. There is no manual.
I could tell you that I have followed my passions which is true. But this is not a self-help book story. It’s just who I am. This is my story and I am very thrilled and ever so happy to have met so many amazing people that I can call my friends. This is what I do for a living. It is my sole income. But I would do it all regardless of money. That’s love.
My mission is for Curious Frame to go beyond the typical newsletter and spark dialogue with you on the role of photography in the image overload world we live in. That’s why all you need to do is hit reply to start a conversation with me. Thank you for participating in the dialogue and feel free to share it with others.