With a hat tip to Seth Godin, I want to mention a simple point today. Validation is overrated. What someone else thinks of you or your work doesn’t have to have a negative impact on your life. Period. Why? Because there can be only one YOU and only YOU can know if your work is true to your own heart. The way to find out whether or not you “have it” is to just do it! Only YOU can give someone else permission to hurt you.
It’s been more than 10 years since that special day when I captured Cranes in the Fire Mist. My audience has grown significantly since then and/or turned over, so for those who occasionally ask me about the picture – here is a repost of the story.
As I’ve gained more experience as a photographer, I’ve learned that the question “WHY?” is easily the most important one to ask. I ask myself “why?” almost every day.
In an ugly world, most of us can do no more than counter the darkness with a little bit of light. If you’re reading this, chances are you are a photographer, visual artist or in some other way involved in artistic pursuits. That’s good. That’s very good.