Audacious and outspoken

Sure, speech is free and protected and it’s a fundamental right.

But why is that it’s so rare to see individuals speaking out loud. Is it our culture?

I was raised in a time and place in which the default was to sit down and shut up. Lucky for me, I had some great role models and mentors that helped me break out and establish my own voice.

One day, not to long ago I saw this car driving next to me near my home in St. Louis. Immediately my photojournalism muscle memory kicked in and the next thing I knew I was pulling in behind him at drive-in lane at a bank. If you’re wondering, it wasn’t my bank.

I got out and introduced myself and asked if I could take a photo. Of course the answer was yes and I think you’ll agree that my “audacity” was worth it.

But then again, this guy is completely familiar and comfortable with what people would call “audacity.”

If you’re lucky, you’ll have a few of these audacious citizens rolling through your town or city.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.