Welcome to The Tribe!

You’re passionate about photography. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be here. I’m passionate about it too. I’m so passionate about it that I’ve made it my life’s work. I’m a full-time fine art photographer but that’s only half of my passion. The other half lies in helping other photographers discover and express their own unique vision. Photography is more than just a technical process. Learning software and mastering techniques are valuable and you’ll see a lot of that here. But it can only get you so far. At some point, you have to take a leap and reach for your own vision. But how do you do that? That’s a big question and that’s why The PhotoTribe exists. We’ll explore techniques and software but we’ll always keep our eye on the bigger goal: making work that’s truly yours because it means something to you. We’re going to cross all kinds of boundaries in the pursuit of that. And there are bigger discussions to be had as well. DIscussions about inspiration, the creative life, and making sense of it all.

So I invite you to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer and begin thinking of yourself as an artist who happens to use a camera. That little distinction can be very liberating because it breaks you free of all kinds of restraints and enables you to think outside the box. I’ve often said that I would use a rolled up newspaper and a magic marker if they would help me realize my vision.

I use this approach in my teaching in the classroom at Chicago Photography Classes in Chicago, in the workshops I conduct, in my online teaching for ON1, and I speak about it in front of groups large and small. The response from my fellow photographic artists has been overwhelming and the work they produce as a result of it is stunning. I’m honored to be in their company. It’s taken me the better part of 30 years to get to this place and I’m so excited to share it with you now. So climb aboard!

Jim Welninski

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