Since I picked up a camera in 2007, I absolutely loved photography.
Lately, I haven't been feeling it so much. Probably because instead of going out there and shoot I chose to look at other people's work to "learn" before I actually go out and shoot. Big mistake, because I started comparing my work with others, and I wished my work looked like everyone else's instead of learning anything new. Not only that I managed to lower my confidence so much to the point that I didn't want to do photography anymore, but I also hated all my work.
But then I remembered what I believe in the most: to BE DIFFERENT, to BE YOU!
Why am I sharing this with you?
Well mainly because this should be a reminder for everyone that is pursuing any form of expression and had found themselves in doubt. Expressing your emotions through art, photography, pottery or whatever else you desire, is a great way to let go of anything that is holding you back and it should not be an excuse to compare yourself with others.
We all go through different phases in our lives. Mainly we lose ourselves to find ourselves and the trick is to be patient. Give yourself a chance to grow and to fly because the sky is not the limit, you are your own limit. So don't hold back your creativity and your life with excuses as such: "I am not good enough", " I am not talented", etc.
If you desire to do something, you should just go out and do it. Do not delay the moment of action by lying to yourself that you will give it a go later on when you will be better at it. There is no better time than now to start and practice. Let go of things and express yourself.
Society teaches us to oppress our feelings by comparing ourselves with others and aiming for a false image of ourselves. It's a vicious circle and very easy to fall into, what's important is to be aware of who you are in the present time and pursue being happy by doing what you love.
So after realizing what I was doing, I picked up my camera and went out to shoot what I enjoyed: documenting life, street photography, moments in time, forgotten moments, feelings etc, and it felt great.
I'm a storyteller and photography is my way of telling a story. Other artists use paint, brushes or they sculpt, bottom line is that we are all storytellers. We tell the story of our lives, the story of other lives, how we felt in that moment, how it feels in that moment.
I love portraiture and working with people for my photography; I love travel photography; I love landscapes and architecture, but at the core of all there is only one thing I want - to document the feeling of being in the moment in time.
What's your story?
I hope this has inspired you!