PROGRESSION

Tuesday, August 14


My heart smiled SO big when I came across this picture from last year. To see my work go from that to this is motivating to say the least. Oftentimes I fall into the trap of unhealthy criticism and comparison; both of which seem to suck any inspiration right out of me. Immediately i remembered this inspiration I had come across earlier in the week:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple of years you make stuff, it's just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn't have this special thing that we want it to have. we all go through this. and if you are just starting out or are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap and your work will become as good as your ambitions. I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It's going to take awhile. It's normal to take awhile. You've just gotta fight your way through it.

I could not have stumbled across these words at a more opportune time. Seeing a satisfying progression in my work has been so uplifting and to be honest, it is calming. It puts me at ease knowing I'm on my way...things are coming together...opportunities are plentiful and I could not feel more alive after wrapping up an amazing summer of following my heart and dreams. I am so thankful.

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10 comments :

  1. When I first started doing photography I had to learn the same lesson. I got frustrated that my images weren't on the level that I wanted and that I wasn't performing them up to my unrealistic expectations of myself. It's so hard not to instantly just start blaming yourself.

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  2. I think that's the most encouraging thing...knowing that you CAN and WILL get better. I mean, not so much with photography with me (as I'm definitely not pursuing it seriously), but with writing and illustrating...I think those are my art forms :)

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  3. I love the second picture...
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  4. beautiful photos. it's such a nice feeling to see how you've grown. well done!

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  5. These photos are so beautiful! The first picture was good but there is a very definite improvement in second :) Congrats!!

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  6. These shots are beautiful! You are so talented!! I wished you lived in Houston! Keep up the great work....you rock!

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  7. i am definitely going to remember those words, thanks so much for sharing them with us! :D

    p.s. these photos are gorgeous! everyone is so beautiful! :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    Win 3 kinds of truffles from The Madelaine Chocolate Company! :)

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  8. Thank you for this great inspiration. It's definitely something I needed to hear! Your work is great, and it's motivating to see how it has improved. What have you done that has made the biggest difference for you? Classes, books? I'm always interested to hear what has worked best for other people!

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  9. I LOVE ALL THESE!!!!THEY ARE JUST WOW!!!:)

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