7 minutes ago
“i am always doing what i can’t do yet ⠀
in order to learn how to do it”⠀
this is something i see in the artists i admire most, and a quality i constantly try to foster in myself. it can be terrifying to try something totally new (whether within your craft or outside) especially if you are a near expert at something already. what will people think? will they like it? will it fail? will you like it? the list of fears goes on and on (at least i know mine does!)⠀
but after a while of not changing it up, of being an “expert” and not pushing beyond your current skillset or aesthetic... doesn’t your work start to feel a bit stale to you? i know mine does.⠀
since moving to l.a. i’ve felt newly reinvigorated about photography. the massive life/work change has given me a special opportunity to step back and reevaluate where i’m at. its like the veil was lifted and i saw exactly where the fear was keeping me stuck, frustrated and uninspired and this was my “aha!” moment where i just decided i wouldn’t stay stuck anymore, whatever it took.
some small ways i’m trying to do that is; rent/buy old film cameras i’ve never used and experiment, take more time when shooting to try totally different compositions, and bring my camera around in my normal life more, like when i was just starting out (and jaded about carrying huge heavy cameras around 🤣).⠀ some of the bigger ways i’ve yet to announce, but i’m working like a busy bee in them and can’t wait to tell you!
what about you fellow photographers and creatives? how do you keep yourselves growing in your craft? i’d love to know so i can add it to my list too! 💃🏼✨