The multipotentialite photographer

mbfitzmahan. Rome, Italy.  2007.


So, I was again having a WAIGTDWIGUM (what-am-I-going-to-do-when-I-grow-up) moment.  You know, when you feel guilty because you can’t figure out what it is that you were born to be?  See my last post.

Shouldn’t I have figured out what I am suppose to be in this life?

The question was also bleeding into my photography.  I asked myself what am I doing in photography? What kind of photos should I be making?

mbfitzmahan.  Introspection.  2016.


So, for self therapy I pulled out my philosophy books. Listened to Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth. Watched Harry Potter-just the spells on YouTube.  Turned on T.E.D. talks.

I discovered Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling.

Ms. Wapnick’s talk addresses this very problem.

I have a label!  I am a multipotentialite!   A polymath.

According to Ms. Wapnick,

“A multipotentialite is a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life. Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).

Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers. When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.” Puttylike

How cool is that!  And, imagine what a multipotentialite can do in photography?


mbfitzmahan. Sisters. 2015.




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