Starting out this photography blog of mine has reached ridiculous proportions. What was meant to become live in autumn 2015 is becoming live now, 15 months later, because of the enemy called procrastination.
What is it with some things, whether it’s something you might not want to do but you have to do (e.g. exercising) or something you want to do but postpone it (like this blog) for whatever reason? In my case this is mainly because of a “analysis by paralysis”, where you overthink what your goals are and instead of starting to work on it, you just paralyse over the fear of failure. Well, how are you going to fail if you don’t even try it out first? You’re not.
That is why in this case it’s better for me to just not to think of how I can fail but to just do it. Once you start working on your project you will face difficulties but you have to make sure you learn from them. Once you’ve gone through the pain, you learn from the process and something good will come out of it.
One of my favourite photographers, Zack Arias, wrote a great piece where he describes how he just has to “get the f*ck to work” to find his lost inspiration in photography. He also shares some great quotes from the artist Chuck Close on inspiration:
“[Don’t] wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs.”
“All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”
To avoid the paralysis by analysis, I’m following the first and second advice in Eric Kim’s useful blog post on how to overcome hesitation in street photography:
- Don’t think.
- Don’t worry about making good photos.
When I’ve gone out shooting lately, I’ve set my camera (by using a high ISO and a large aperture) so that I won’t have to adjust any settings on it, allowing myself to just shoot. Whenever I see something that I have an urge to shoot – you feel it inside of you, the feeling of becoming nervous and anxious – I just take the photo. I don’t worry about it being in focus, perfectly composed, etc. I just take the photo.
Welcome to my photography blog.