When I first began learning photography, I photographed everything. A bottle cap, a blade of grass, an old newspaper…you get the idea. I was just so excited to take pictures and apply the things I was learning that I could turn any subject into a photo op.
Fast forward a number of years (to the Social Age) and instead of photographing anything and everything, I tried to only photograph “interesting” things. I started curating my images before I’d even taken them. Instead of playing around with a subject to see what I could create, I automatically decided it wouldn’t be good enough and skipped it all together. It took several more years before I realized that being “good enough” was a completely subjective term – one I needed to define for myself rather than letting others do it for me.
I absolutely fell into the social media comparison trap, trying to make the images I thought others wanted to see. Not only did I lose authenticity in my art, but I also lost the spark that kept me shooting. Maybe it’s a necessary process that we need to walk through in order to come out on the other side with a clearer perspective.