For a long while - actually until I started to write on this blog and realized there were thousands likeminded - I thought that I was pretty much by myself. In a world of "better" and "better" cameras, no-one seemed to care about the essence of photography anymore. But then I realized that you DO exist, and you share my view of the art :)
Here's for all of us that believe photography is not about gear, but about feelings.
- Don't mind what you are photographing with, be cognizant of what you are photographing. It is not about what you're shooting with but how you're using it.
- Explore the world and yourself.
- Leave your camera at home from time to time. Just looking will teach you a lot.
- Learn to focus (your mind).
- Spend less time in front of the computer.
- Make photography not your job or hobby. Let it be a reflection of who you are.
- Just because something's been usually done in a particular way doesn't mean it is the right way.
- Work for any reason except for the money.
- Create and shoot for yourself. Not in a way you think others will like.
- And find a way to inspire and help others.
- Find your sources of everyday inspiration.
- Start doing the projects you want, with what you have. Don't wait for money or time, just take the first step.
- Get rid of everything that doesn't add value to your life - to leave room for the things that do.
- Don't always be a fly on the wall.
- Don't go out to find people to photograph. Go out to find new friends. Then photograph your friends.
- Create, every day. Use your hands, as much as possible.
If you have someone that you think will gain from reading this, send it on!