Stairway To Genius


If genius can rub off on someone….maybe I have a shot.

The image above was first seen in the New York Times Book Review. It was used to illustrate the new book by Malcom Gladwell called Outliers. I was pretty happy to shoot it at its home base (at least for now), 25th and Broadway, in New York City.

In the book, Gladwell says “It is not the brightest who succeed. Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities — and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”

Hey, I can’t debate those points. Well put, is what I say.

To become a “genius,” Gladwell says “Dedicate at least 10,000 hours to whatever it is you’re looking to master.” If that’s the case, I’m excited to say that I’ve had the opportunity to work with, and watch work, at least two people who could meet this criteria. One is my buddy Joe McNally. The guy is a fantastic photographer and a phenomenal master at lighting a set up.

The second is Stephen Doyle, principle at Doyle Partners. It’s he that crafted the paper staircase out of one of Gladwell’s Outliers books.Talk about commitment to excellence. Who would have the patience to do that? I have a hard time sitting through 60 minutes of Sportscenter and this guy is crafting a paper structure, in less than 24 hours using an E-XATO knife that will then be featured in the NY Times Book Review.

But Stephen has been at it for a good many years. He’s good at what he does becuse he’s put the time in. I’ve been working with Stephen and his great team for a little over a year now. After spending time with him, and the group he’s assembled, you can’t help but come away motiviated and creative. Makes me want to grab the 20D and go and make magic on the data card.

Do I agree with Gladwells 10,000 bit? *shrugs* Whatever. All I know is that I have a long way to go to 10,000 hours to master my craft. I’m still learning my camera, I now have a new off-camera flash to learn… and I’m always trying to put my camera in a different place. It’ll be a fun ride learning all this.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2008 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and/or Nik Software

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