A BEAUTIFUL ANARCHY (PDF)
When the Life Creative Becomes the Life Created
Colour outside the lines and make the best art of your life! The truly exceptional life has never belonged only to the talented, or the fearless. Talent is over-rated and fearlessness is no match for courage and the power of our will, and ultimately, our best lives will be lived when we colour outside the lines, free to listen to, and act upon, the voice of our souls. Our lives can be a bold, beautiful, deeply human experience that can ripple out and touch others, but they have to be our lives.
A Beautiful Anarchy is a vulnerable, honest, and insightful book about the human longing to create, whether that’s a family, a business, a book or a photograph. Our greatest creation can be an intentional life lived on our terms. For those who already identify as creative people, this book is an invitation to more intentionally explore your creative process. For anyone who's ever said, “I’m not really creative,” it’s a call to exhume a part of yourself that desperately needs to get out and breathe.
"A Beautiful Anarchy is raw energy bundled up in a book, and opening its cover is like lighting a fuse. This isn't an ordinary book. Its message is challenging and liberating at the same time. What I like best, is that David's words are grounded in a life that is well lived. Reading it is like gaining access to the mentor and friend I always wished I had. A Beautiful Anarchy is a manifesto that has changed how I see the world. Read this book if you want to make more meaningful photographs and live a more complete life.”
~ Chris Orwig, author of Visual Poetry.
"This is essential reading for anyone longing to live a creative life. In his latest book A Beautiful Anarchy, David duChemin eschews the genre-specific pursuit of photographic vision and instead looks to unpack the deeper levels of creativity that drive it. This is a book that is less about making art and more about learning that getting out of our own way is the first step to living a more creative and fulfilling life. Nurture the artist and the art will follow.I’ve read all of David’s books and this just may be my favourite.”
~ Jeffery Saddoris, FadedandBlurred.com
"Every once in a while a book comes along that isn’t just informative and interesting but actually opens up possibility where before there was none. A Beautiful Anarchy by David duChemin is that book. This candid manifesto for the creative goes beyond philosophy and invites the reader to reconsider how they relate with what they fear and to systematically reinvent that relationship in order to create a remarkable life. Highly recommended.”
~ Dane Sanders, author of The Fast Track Photographer