The Sacrifice and the Success

 A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes. – Sam Abell

I’ve mentioned Sam Abell a few times on this blog.  He was an inspiration to me growing up (despite never meeting him) because he came from my home town of Toledo, Ohio, his mother taught English at my school, and he had achieved the dream of working at National Geographic for more than 30 years.  Think about that.  National Geographic actually had very few “Staff” photographers – most others were freelance hired for a particular story.  To be on their staff for 30 years is an amazing accomplishment and is a testament to the quality and impact of his photography.

The purpose of this post is to share this profile of him.  It’s a must read.  When you do, you’ll realize the amount of sacrifice that goes into being a top photographer at National Geographic – and the tremendous impact that it can have.

By the way, the quote above is from Sam’s book:  Stay This Moment




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