Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wise Words

Many moons ago, I was at a book store doing what I love to do : reading all the cover articles of magazines that I had no intention of buying. (Is this stealing?) On a cover of a magazine I don't know well was Jennette McCurdy of iCarly, a show I LOVE! So I read the article, and she said something that really resonated with me, "Practice a lot, stay focused, and run your own race."

At the time, I was deep into marathon training and kind of paranoid at just how slow I was. I really needed to read this, because it reminded me that the only person I was racing against was myself. But now, months after my marathon, I think it still rings true. I gotta remember I'm only competing against myself.

3 comments:

  1. I have to remind myself of this sentiment quite often. Sometimes I come away from photography sites in a bummed out funk. Then I give myself a mental kick in the butt, and practice practice practice!

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    1. I don't know why you would be in a funk. You take good, interesting pictures. You purposely give yourself exercises that force you to work on your technique. That's always going to be good. I think you need to worry more about developing a style. Don't compare yourself to others. Find people whose photography you like and then emulate it. Once you've done that, think about what you would do differently and do that. Pretty soon, you'll find you have a style, and that's what's most important. Every artist needs to find his own voice, and the only way to do that is to work on style. I think you should definitely not feel bummed by the photography of others!

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    2. You clearly have an eye for nature and animals and are definitely well on your way to developing a style there. I think that you should also work on macro photography more. Your eye for nature would lend itself to macro photography and your practicing macro photography would improve your nature photography. Also, take up any other kind of visual art...anything. Art has this magic element : if you practice any other type of visual art, all of your art improves. Go try something new and you will find your photography grows as you grow as an artist!

      But you are a good photographer, and you should not feel bummed by looking at others' work!!!

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