In an earlier post, I wrote about photographing what you love. That is still something that guides my photography. Part of the process involves how i “see” the subjects around me, the potential shots that surround me wherever I go.
One of the special gifts I have received from becoming a photographer is noticing the amazing world around me every day. At any given time, there are so many different thoughts racing through my head. Some of them are in the range of practical, rational, everyday stuff. There is another large group that is anything but practical, rational, or everyday stuff. That’s a long way of saying that I have an active imagination. People that know me well know that my attention wanders and I am always a threat to check out and be off on a tangent with ideas and thoughts.
Since we all see the world through our own lens, everybody has a unique view. When I was young, I imagined that when I got older, you know like became an adult and was part of that world that I would be different. In a sense that is true because we are always changing if we are truly living. What I didn’t know was that the part of me that sees things with the wonder of a child, the part of me that wants to be an idealist, the part of me that loves to imagine things would remain basically the same.
Sure, I can cope and blend with the “adult world” whatever that entails. Inside there is this inner child that survives. Right about now you are thinking, “I thought this was a blog about photography, when did this turn into a therapy session?” My whole life is a therapy session but that’s another story.
The above rambling was a preface for talking about how I continue to be amazed at ways I can grow as a photographer. At the core, I photograph for myself first. But with all these photos lying around and the possibility of trying to let them earn some money for me, I have been looking into stock photography. A future post will talk more about stock photography from a business perspective but I’m not going to deal with that in this post.
Shoot what you love, continue to grow, find new ways to “see” the world, expand your skills, get out of your comfort zone. My recent work with shooting for environmental and conservation purposes has helped me with that. The entry into the world of stock photography is not something I expected at all. Whether that will be a financial success will be decided over time. For my photography, trying to get my head around stock photography has pushed me a bit outside my comfort zone. Looking at things in a new way for those shots has helped uncover more ways to “see” and opened more options for me in almost any photographic situation.
Let’s be clear, I am not recommending that you should get into stock photography to become a better photographer, what I am saying is that finding new ways to look at the world will help you be a better photographer. Comfort zones lead to complacency and that leads to stagnation which will prevent you from growing.
Who the hell am I to talk to you about growing? That’s a fair question but it doesn’t make the concept any less true. You are perfectly free to never question yourself, to settle into a comfort zone, to stay with what you know, to not stretch as an artist or a person. From my perspective, an artist never stops growing and a person should never stop learning.
Whatever you decide, walk your own path, make your own way, squeeze all you can from this life. Remember to take your camera and capture some of the moments. You will be richer for the experience. No, I am not saying that somebody is going to give you money, I am talking about richer in the broader sense, not material wealth. Life is funny though, maybe somebody will give you money, so far they haven’t given any to me. There’s a lot of stuff I want to buy though, camera equipment is expensive.
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