I see so many young photographers today rushing–rushing to be the next great Nick Vedros, Michel Tcherevkoff or Helmut Newton to name a few of my personal favorites. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming and knowing what you want out of life, but enjoying the journey–that’s half the fun. Its the journey that we develop and grow and become more than we ever expected or in ways we never dreamed possible.
I have set goals over the years, of course refining or changing it up as I go and yes–occasionally veering off course. I’ve had plenty of missteps but thankfully–more incredible opportunities than not. I took chances when in hindsight I maybe shouldn’t have. Other times, my refusal to take a chance resulted in a missed opportunity or two. Isn’t that life? There isn’t a manual with easy to follow instructions–we just learn as we go. I guess you could say–we develop as we grow.
So much of who we are is based on what we absorb and take in from the world around us. As an artist, we take liberties and push boundaries in search of our art. Its during this process that we can learn a lot about who we are.
My advice, take in all you can from those around you. Learn from the people you admire. I have been so fortunate to have met such incredible people along my journey that have inspired me throughout my entire career. I hope I never lose that sense of admiration or expectation. I hope that I continue to be inspired by what surrounds me. Inspiration doesn’t exist in a bubble, it can be found anywhere or in anyone.
Remember to relax a little from time to time and just–breath. Life is short, so don’t rush it. Above all, enjoy the journey–its yours after all!