Elvis and Passion

For New Year’s Eve, my favorite boy toy and I went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.  While we aren’t big fans of Elvis Presley, we went to the exhibit since we were already there.  I was glad we did.

The photographer, Alfred Wertheimer, had unlimited access to Elvis.  While some pictures were posed, most were not.  The curator showed a short timeline in 1956 when Elvis went from a nobody to a superstar.  It showed the good and bad, from the finicky artist who expected his music  to be the way he wanted it to the “hound dog” that chased after women no matter where he was visiting.

I was fascinated with my mother’s generation swooning over him and their eagerness for him to look at them and acknowledge them.  I was equally fascinated with the picture of him at home with his parents and of getting off the train to walk home, days before he became a superstar.

What appealed to me the most though was the passion in the exhibit.  Elvis’ passion for his music to sound exactly right.  Wertheimer’s passion for Elvis and the women who followed Elvis.  The curator’s passion to arrange the photographs and descriptions so that regardless of your opinion on the topic, a clear and interesting story emerged.

Passion makes the biggest difference in everything.  I’ve read books about topics I knew nothing about, not because I wanted to learn, but because the books were well written and drew me in.  I read blogs for the same reason.  In the process, I learn things, but that wasn’t what I was seeking.

My blog and my photographs reflect passion.  I can often tell later which ones had passion and which ones I merely did.  The ones with passion, that I did because the subject appealed to me, have a sparkle to them.  There’s something a little different in them.

photoclare at 366 Days of Photos recently posted a blue door for her daily photography challenge.  She said it tugged at her.  I can see why – it clearly sang some little song and the picture is interesting.  I left her a note that I thought she passion for her subject.  It shows.

Passion makes a difference at work too.  I have a niche specialty.  Not a lot of companies need what I do, but when they do, there aren’t a lot of me out there either.  Most everyone who has worked with me, from interns to permanent employees, develops a passion for the specialty.  They see it for the growth opportunity it is, the things you can accomplish, the satisfaction of solving the puzzles we have nearly every day to do our job right.

So the next time you ask, does this matter, remember – if it matters to you, you can make it matter to others as well.  They will be fascinated with what you like, because you’ve made it fascinating to them.

Of course, passion means different things to different people.  Or dogs as it were.  I took this during lunch today.  Luke is a VCU student and was out playing with his dogs when I snapped these photos.

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15 thoughts on “Elvis and Passion

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  2. Love the post today. Passion is so very important in anything we decide to do, and it is so infectious. I think if you don’t have passion for something…why do it?!?!? Life is just too short. Really love your slide show at the end, too. Looks like that dog is having a ton of fun!

    • The dog had a great time! Wore his owner out. I agree – if you don’t have passion there is no reason to bother. Nice to see your comment Traci.

      Although speaking of passion – you & Kelley have a lot of passion on your business blog. I love reading it.

  3. Passion is so infectious. I once nearly took exams in higher maths (a subject I detest) purely because the tutor was so passionate about her subject!

    What is it you do that you feel so passionately about? It is fantastic that you have found such a great area to work in.

    • I do state income taxes for large corporations. I’m responsible for all the states plus multiple local taxes (city, county). A lot of tax people won’t do state taxes, but most state people are pretty passionate about what they do. I entered the field unwillingly during a recession about 25 years ago. I couldn’t find a job doing federal tax and my employer was going under. All I could find was state tax and once I got over having to change, I realized it was a very good field for my talents.

  4. I like some of Elvis’ music, but was never the swooning fan. I may have come along a little late for that.(Beatles era) I imagine in 1956, he was like no other before him. I know what you mean about photos with passion. Some of them just come alive.

    • I didn’t get the swooning thing either, but you could sure see it in some of the pictures at the museum.

      Isn’t it just cool how some photos come alive? I wish I could bottle and sell it, but it just happens. Frequently, but it just happens.

    • That’s just came out. I looked at it and thought whoa! I’ve thought it for a while though – it’s not coincidental that so many who work for me are passionate about what I do. The only commonality is that I’m infecting them with my own passion for this type of work.

      Thanks for the feedback – I appreciate it as always.

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