I wrote this a little while back:
In the time that I’ve been taking photos, I’ve learned that 1) I’m really bad at getting paid for it, 2) I’m not so good at social media, 3) I’m not very good at getting the attention of editors, 4) I am easily slighted and take disappointment to heart. 5) I’m always anxious about 1-3, which usually causes 4.
No matter what, though, I love doing this. Picking up a camera has introduced me to some of my favorite people, and I’ve done a cool thing or two. I think too much, so #4 is a constant in all aspects of my life, but photography has been one of the few things that has always felt right for me. I’m so thankful for that, and for the people it has brought into my life.
TL;DR: I’m a nervous wreck about being successful at taking pictures, but I still like taking pictures (and friends). Hooray.
I had posted that to my facebook, and the response to it was overwhelmingly empathetic. So many people understood where I was coming from.
I want to be successful. It's such a strange thing to say, because success can be measured in so many ways. I successfully take photos that I like all the time. I successfully get opportunities to create more work from time to time. The problem is that I always magnify the times where I don't succeed. I suppose it keeps me hungry and pushing myself, but it feels terrible at times.
Recent success? Taking my camera out more and shooting more street. I'm feeling really good about that, and even if my peers don't think it's my strong suit, I do.
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