David DuChemin is a well-respected humanitarian and travel photographer. I have been following his work and teachings for some time now, and have interviewed him for my photography blog.
This is not a book about photography. In the author’s words, “A Beautiful Anarchy is a book about living life creatively and on our terms, free to be fully ourselves. Whether you make a photograph, a book, a family, or a business – it’s about making that creation, and our lives, something that is beautiful, authentic, and wildly human.”
I couldn’t put it in better words. This is an inspiring book about finding the thing that makes you feel alive, and doing it, be it a business or one of what we chose to call the Arts.
DuChemin draws many examples from his long experience, not only in photography, but also as a stand-up comedian (a previous life), and even from his education in theology.
One thing he makes a point of saying several times throughout the book is that life is simply to short not to live it fully and with purpose. We owe it to ourselves to at least try. I do try, and you should too.