My visual CV…

I’ve now seen several Visual Q&As and each one has been hugely inspiring. Kim Manley Ort published a post recently in which she answered the same questions as did Nathan Wirth with a series of images rather than words. She calls it a “Visual CV.”

I immediately thought it would be a wonderful exercise in self-awareness. And that is a key ingredient in moving our photography forward — more so than new gear or more courses or new techniques.

But I was concerned that the questions would be hard to answer.

In fact, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it came together. Once I tapped into my intuitive sense and honoured the feeling of what was the best answer, it just flowed.

It’s the kind of thing that is really beyond thought…the answers just present themselves when you look through your own images. Thought and trying too hard just gets in the way, as it does in life.

Of course our pictures are as much about ourselves as they are about the subject matter —  more so, actually…so a little excavation yields great riches. Why not give it a try yourself?

Who are you?

astor hall

Why photography?

st lucie 2LR

What is your trademark photographic style?
What truly inspires you?

New York

Where do you go when you close your eyes?
abstract water2
Where is home for you?
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How would you describe your lifestyle?
What makes a great shot?

New York

How do you view the world?


What is an important lesson you’ve learned?
sparkof grace light FB

29 thoughts on “My visual CV…

  1. Well that is an exercise . I have given it some thought from time to time and I may give it a go … Soon 😉
    Thanks for reminding me ❤️have s lovely day Sherry

  2. Love all of these, but particularly the images for ‘what’s your trademark photographic style?’ and ‘where do you go when you close your eyes?’. Also loved the legs!

  3. I am thoroughly enjoying the responses to Kim’s challenge. It’s amazing how a photo can show the heart of a photographer! These are lovely!

  4. I’m really enjoying looking at the responses to this challenge; and your take is no exception. I’m fascinated by the way in which personalities really come alive!

  5. I saw Kim’s post and was interested, and now you’ve turned up the volume. These are beautiful images and tell me so much about you. im sure , as viewers, we also bring ourselves to the table.

  6. Thank you so much, Dotti. Have a brilliant time on your European trip. Three weeks is a wonderful length of time and I know you will capture many beautiful images and moments in that time. Looking forward to your sharing of it!

  7. Wow. Just wonderful, Sherry. You did a beautiful job. It looks like a very challenging exercise but an important way to seek to define yourself. Heading to Europe for three weeks but this is on my list for when I return. And may even be in the back of my mind as I travel.

  8. As so many have said this is really an interesting exercise to see who you are and where you are. Thanks for sharing Sherry, just simply gorgeous and thoughtful photography.

  9. Beautiful, Sherry! A wonderful dance of question and image. I’m struck by how what you say applies to making decisions: “Once I tapped into my intuitive sense and honoured the feeling of what was the best answer, it just flowed.” Thank you for this! Mary Lou

  10. Absolutely gorgeous images and an intriguing idea to create a visual CV! What a talent you have for expression through photography.

  11. This was a very thought provoking post Sherry. I loved all your photos and they really helped to explain what visual CV was about. My life is a bit in turmoil right now but as I wonder through my photos I am going to try to keep the questions in mind and post. Yours are so wonderful. If only I had a cabin in the woods with a lock on the door… And no phone.

  12. Thank you for that Kim and for the idea! And yes, I love how different everyone I’ve seen is and how cool. I hope it will catch on and we will see more!

  13. Wow, wow, wow!!! So wonderful. And yes, I “saw” all of your answers. I totally agree on the intuitive part. What I love about these are how different everyone’s is, yet each so amazing on its own. Thank you for showing me how true this is.

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