Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Forget Fame

Fame - Mojave, California
Don't get caught up with how many likes, stars or pluses you get on social media. Don't get caught up with how popular you are or are not. It really doesn't matter what other people think. Your photography should be personal to you.

You cannot please everyone and you shouldn't try. When you try to please others through your photography you often "play it safe" or try to copy someone else's work who is popular. Either way, you are stifling your creativeness.

There is only one you. There is only one person who can create your photographs. You've got to find your voice and your style. It doesn't make one difference if anyone else appreciates it. Do this photography thing for yourself.

Everyone wants to be liked. Everyone wants to be successful. Everyone wants people to give them tons of compliments. Everyone wants to be rich. But, ultimately, none of that will make you happy. Contentment comes from the inside, not the outside. And if you feel like you need those things, it perhaps indicates that you are not self-content.

There are things that can make you happy. There are things that can bring you joy. There are things that can give you contentment. Fame isn't one of those things. Instead, it feeds into the lie that more is better.

So forget fame! Forget about commercial success. Be true to yourself. Value your individuality. Do not worry about whether or not anyone else "gets" what you are creating. Do it for yourself.

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