Jay Maisel Documentary


A fried just pointed out this video from 2009 to me. It is wonderful.

http://thebigpicture.tv/blog/2009/10/jay-maisel-documentary/

Jay Maisel was an early influence (along with Pete Turner, Ernst Haas, etc.) on me. Love his work. I also agree with Greg Heisler's comment near the end, but still love the guy.

Favorite quotes from Jay in this piece:


"I go out as unprepared as possible so I can get filled up with what the world has to offer"

"Gesture is the thing that gives everything its intrinsic character"
 

"Pain is not a conduit to art or joy"

If you get a chance to take a workshop with Jay please go for it. He may tear you down, but you will be strongly influenced and think about things he said every time you pick up a camera in the future. I was lucky to meet Jay twice at Art Wolfe's studio in Seattle.

Big thanks to Sam Garcia of Nikon for making Jay pick up the digital camera!