Make it Human

The great challenge of art is not learning to use the tools of our craft, but learning to say something human with them. The second is learning to be OK with the silence until then.
— David duChemin | Make it Human

I was planning on sitting down this afternoon and writing a review of a new lens I recently purchased, and then I read this post by David duChemin. You should go read it and then come back here.  

Back? Pretty powerful right. Now you see why I didn't write the review. This post really convicted me.

The more I think about it the more I realized how true it is. Tech posts and discussions about gear are so easy to do and and so many people do it (myself included), but they are so missing the point. They are saying something, because we really have nothing to say.  

I don't think I am going to post about gear any more, at least for now. The gear really isn't important, it's what we make with it that matters. It is the stories we tell and I don't want my story to be about the camera I use. 

I think you guys deserve better than that. 

I want to tell stories that matter. I want to make the world just a tiny bit better through this little blog. I hope I am. 

Just Keep Shooting

We live in an age where everything is shared online. Plenty of posts have been written about why this is or is not a good thing. I don't want to do that today, but I do see a certain side-effect on photographers that we need to be careful of. Because we are sharing our work on Facebook, Instagram, Google+...etc. I think it is way to easy to get into rhythm of shooting for likes, and when the likes start to dry up, it is really easy to get discouraged. 

But we didn't become photographers so we could get likes on a social network did we? We became photographers because we were enamored with the magic of it. We were raptured by the beauty of capturing a single moment to save forever. We wanted to help put beauty and art out into the world. Who cares if we are getting likes or not right?

It's easy to fall into though. I do it all the time. I think we need to remember what Dory said in Finding Nemo (yes I reference Pixar movies for many of life's difficult lessons) and "Just keep swimming", but for us it is "Just keep shooting". We need to keep making the art we are called to make and keep putting it out into the world. 

The funny thing is, when we quit caring about getting noticed, is often when we get noticed. 

Keep your heart and eyes open, your camera near by, and "just keep shooting" and putting it out there. 

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Howard Thurman