Photography Pep Talk: 4 Ways to Fulfill Your Need to Succeed.
January 15, 2017 In Thoughts on Photography
If you’re having reservations on calling yourself creative, or an artist, look more at honing the skills of being creative and the process, rather than skipping to the evaluative step and facing self-induced roadblocks. Here’s four ways that you can help change doubts of your creativity and artistry to something positive.
- Stop measuring yourself to the great photographers that have had ground breaking ideas. Its not fair to you.This habit can squash your energy and desire to keep thinking creatively, setting yourself up for failure. It took many years for them to master photography, your not going to be able to make short cuts and achieve the same thing.
- Accept failure as part of the process. Back up, re-group, and go again. If your failing, your creativity is at work. The idea probably needs some tweaking. Failure must be an included part of the creative process. Use failures to help mold the idea into something better and usable.
- Continue studying, learning, and practicing photography, doing so makes your chances of success greater as you get closer to mastery. At the master level you will then be more prone to come across something totally new and ground breaking.
- The Finish! Have the grit to see the idea or project to the end. Finishing something will only make you better at the process of creativity, and the experience will make your ideas come easier and more focused.
Two of the great photographers in history, EdwardWeston and Ansel Adams, had failures and set backs that for many of us, would have been enough to stop further attempts and hide, never picking up a camera again. The difference being the amount of determination. They continued working on their ideas and practiced their craft. They acknowledged their creativity, their own limitations, and continued on striving to overcome doubts, while relying on solid processes to heighten their chances for success.
Your photography may not affect the world or be at the level of some of the greats, but it can be fulfilling to you and can be part of your creative journey. Each of us are in different stages of our own creativity by way of mastery, the need for creativity fulfillment, and the need for acceptance or validation by others. Own where you are in your creativity by accepting failures and celebrate your successes.0