Photography is an amazing art form. It allows us to capture moments, explore the world around us, and share our perspective with the world. It’s a great way to express ourselves and to capture memories that we can look back on and cherish. But, it can also be easy to get caught up in the results, and to focus on pleasing our egos. We all want to take the perfect shot, and when we don’t, it can be discouraging.
I’m looking, but all I see is ego
I’ve been contemplating Instagram, social media, feeding the beast, wondering when it will show its appreciation. When will it be my time in the spot-light? Dilutions of grandeur. If your taking photographs, if your creating for anyone other than yourself you will hit a wall of ‘why?’.
Habits make the artist
As artists, we all know what good work looks like. We know it’s difficult to achieve good work, but we strive regardless. It can sometimes feel like we are Sisyphus, but instead, we never reach the peak of the mountain. The road to becoming a successful artist however you interpret it can be arduous, for there isn’t a standard path. In our hearts we know we can’t just follow a guidebook, mentor or degree to reach it. Which can be frustrating, the not knowing. The passage one must take is unprecedented, a route only an individual can charter through.
Tame your ego to find meaning in your photography
“Nobody cares about your photography” – Ted Forbes.
Did that upset you, did that hurt your ego? I’m sorry to say this but once you learn to tame your ego, this idiocracy for delusions of grandeur and entitlement the better. When we dampen our ego and accept what we have, and our current social status, we learn the work is more important than getting likes, and the tools we use.