I think I’m too hard on myself about almost everything I do, especially photography. Although I try not to go at things too seriously, I get upset when I think I could do better. I know for sure that I could have done LOTS of things better throughout my life, yet here I am. I’m good with myself. Life is good, I’m happily married, I have a good job and a nice home. I’ve done well considering everything I haven’t done well. I’ve learned a lot and I want to keep learning. But in order to learn I have to push myself a little further each time. When I do that I’ll inevitably make mistakes – and that’s when I really learn.
So I’m going to chill a little on my approach to photography. Take a break. I’ll still be out there shooting but I’m going to try to go at it with a different mind set. I know what I like and what I don’t like in my work and the work of others. And I already know it’s not about the gear and it’s all a mental thing, so it has to happen from upstairs. There will be bad photos and uncreative times but I know they’ll be in between the great photos and creative times. I don’t think the look of my work will change much – I’m not really sure – but I’m looking forward to giving it a go.
In the mean time, for something completely different, how about a pic of a little bird? I don’t think the Audubon Society will come knocking but I think he’s kind of cute.