zen.tog.ra.phy: I have to make mistakes in order to grow

I recently attended one of my  photographer friends first photography exhibit and opening reception.

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The show focused on her travel and street photography.

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After the opening reception she held a short slide show and talked about why she loves photography and how she has grown as a photographer.

Lynn (the artist) showed her very first image and how she has progressed to the level she is at today. She talked about making mistakes and how every image doesn’t have to be perfect, thats part of the creative process.

As I sat there reflecting back on my first days with a camera, it reminded me of all the mistakes and “bad” images I have captured in my career and where I am today.

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(one of my favorite images, that is actually a mistake)

I still make mistakes and produce “unworthy” images, and to be honest…I’m Ok with that.

In making mistakes we learn from them and how we can better ourselves to grow into the artist and ultimately the  creative person we want to be.

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Thank you for reading

Tom

zen.tog.ra.phy: If you truly love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.

We all have that moment when we say “man I don’t want to go to work today”.

For years I would do the daily grind hating every moment and really having nothing to show for it.

Over 20 years ago I decided it was time to make a change to dedicate my life and time to photography. Was I scared you bet, but I haven’t looked back since.

Sure there are times I miss the steady paycheck, but nothing I repeat nothing beats the peace and purpose I receive from truly doing what I love.

Thanx for reading.

Tom