The word authentic never seems too distant from any marketing message, which is not in the context of how I came to know that word.
Now it’s a synonym for a simulation of something real but not too real, most often used in the realm of experiences.
I’ve had plenty of authentic experiences as a youth spending my time washing boats, mowing yards and getting hit with bottle rockets. Today’s authentic experiences tend to revolve around things that are expensive and exclusive.
I find great satisfaction when I meet individuals who are authentic according to the traditional definition which is based on their skills and abilities.
There’s no doubt to me that this welder from Staunton, Illinois is the true embodiment of authenticity. It shows in her personality and in her work.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.