There is an Annie Leibovitz exhibition running in Sydney currently. It is well worth the visit if you get the chance.
Part of this exhibition is a biographical video of her life. Fascinating stuff! What really piqued my interest was that it seemed to again raise the issue I explored in my post on ‘The Black Swan’ a few weeks ago.

How far are we willing to go in pursuit of our creative vision?  Annie spent a lot of time at one part of her life living and touring with The Rolling Stones while she chronicled their lives through the lens of her camera.  After all how  can you act naturally around a camera unless it becomes such a fixture that it no longer impacts your conscious awareness.  For The Rolling Stones it was almost as if Annie became a part of the furniture.

Annie-Leibovitz

Annie-Leibovitz

Pix Credit: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward’s blog ( Alex has a great post on Annie Check it out)

But what was the cost to her ?  Her health, arguably one’s most precious resource.   She  was living the Rock life style, which for so many results in addictions and drug dependency.  She finally checked into a detox facility, dried out and got on with her passion.

Art becomes life – where is the separation? It seems that one of the prices so many great creatives pay is found living at the edge in a place where others cannot go.  It is a personal exploration and also a sacrifice to their art because the road is often extremely difficult and I believe great courage is required of those who walk this road.

  • The courage to be different,
  • To not live up to others expectations
  • To step into unfamiliar territory which often flies in the face of societal convention
  • To remain true to ones self without sacrificing ones values in order to “get the shot/story” etc.

If you get a chance to see this exhibition it provides a fascinating insight into the lives of people of our times.

Here is that link again for information on the Annie Leibovitz exhibition.


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