As true as it is hard to believe, I took this picture by balancing a pocket camera on a rooftop railing in Los Angeles. It must have looked odd, because the man next to me with the tripod chuckled and said, “A scene like this won’t come out on film, especially with one of those cameras.” I politely ignored him and took the shot anyway.

A few years later an art dealer in New York sold this print at a charity auction for $350. That sale got me thinking I should create a business where people could purchase inspiring and affordable artwork for themselves.

These days when I get discouraged, I think back to the man who almost convinced me to give up my shot, and I remind myself that ignoring some people’s advice can be wisest thing one can do.

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