Who Inspires You?

This is not a Bruce Springsteen post (okay, maybe it is a little bit). I was going through my newsfeed this morning and this interview with Bruce popped up. It’s a good interview and an interesting subject, but I was more drawn to the portraits in the piece. I went to the photographer’s website (a fantastic lensman named Bryan Derballa), found his email, and shot him a quick note to say so. That’s it. Just a simple “Hey, you don’t know me, but I really liked the photographs you made in this story.” And you know what? He wrote back and told me a little about how he felt shooting The Boss. I had no ulterior motive. I just wanted to let him know his work was appreciated. So, my challenge to each of you is to do the same: find someone’s work you like — maybe it’s an artist or a writer or a philanthropist or a mentor…whoever makes you feel inspired — and send them a note to let them know their work matters.

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