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November 25, 2014

Where Did Art Start For You? - Frances Litman, Photographer

In the days leading up to GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014, we are sharing stories from artists in the ArtStarts community. We asked them, "Where did art start for you?" It's a question that asks us to reflect on our own lives in order to see where along our journey our passion for the arts was sparked.

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Read photographer Frances Litman's story below and share your own story at

Where did art start for you?

I truly feel I found myself when I discovered photography as it was a portal to a wellspring of creativity that I never knew existed within me.

Growing up with a family who valued academics over the arts, I wasn't encouraged to pursue any artistic adventures as that was considered "extravagant." 

When my family learned I was leaving a full-time, secure job to pursue a freelance career as a photographer I was scorned. Happily, I was able to show them and many others who questioned my sanity, that being a full-time professional photographer could be and was a very lucrative and fulfilling career that has allowed me to see the world.

I continue to enjoy the benefits of a career based on creativity and encourage others to follow their heart, their art and profit from their passion.

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