When I read the above quote, it made me stop and think…not just photography, but all art, all creatives, require inspiration. Think about it. To be a creative is a special talent that most of the rest of the planet doesn’t have or understand and on top of that, you need to be excited about your project. When someone asks you what you do, what do you say? I’m a photographer, a painter, a poet, whatever. Now there’s a conversation stopper for sure. Most folks want to hear that you’re a doctor, lawyer (gag me!) or chef. Anything but an artist! When the conversation stops, you should restart it with “look, how many people get to wake up in the morning and jump out of bed happy because they love what they do?” That could go one of two ways; people will either turn around and walk or they’ll continue to be engaged in the conversation.
So, here’s the question…honestly…are you inspired? I am. I love being a creative and especially a photographer. I get to engage in extended play with my camera and create from the first moment I press the shutter. Do I love every shot I take? Hell no! But my “less than” shots inspire me to do better, pay more attention, make sure I turn out the best product I am possibly capable of.
There are days when my neurotic self-kicks in and I experience self-doubt thinking, “what am I doing? I should just go get a “real” job”, then I catch myself and get back to work. On the other hand, there are days when I say to myself, “man, I love what I do!” Yeah, there’s a trade-off, but it’s so minimal that it doesn’t even come close to outweighing the rewards.
And all that from one or maybe two little bouts of inspiration. Be inspired. It’s everything.
Until next time…