I wrote a post recently about finding your own voice in Wildlife Photography and this, in a way, is a follow-up to that. When we pickup a camera (or indeed find ourselves, as I have this morning, with our heads deep inside our digital darkrooms) we sometimes forget that we are creating something personal, something special. Our Own Art.
Given that we are creating something we own and hopefully also very personal to us, we can sometimes pay too much attention to what we think others want to see. While this may help to achieve more "likes" or "reposts" on your favourite social media platform, it will ultimately (if you truly value your personal journey) leave your feeling a little bit lost and short changed. Trust me, I've lost more creative change down the back of the sofa than I care to mention.
This morning, with the weather a bit suspect outside, I find myself going through my Lightroom library doing a bit of digital clean-up. While doing this I'm finding a number of images which, at the time, I experimented with, either in the field or back at home-base during post process.
Each image, while not to everyone's taste, is very personal to me, and I can be immediately transported back to the feeling I had while making the picture. I doubt many (if any) of these images would gain much attention in the wider circle, but then again that's not why I created them. I created them for me. My Mood. My feeling. My own personal Creative Journey.
While taking advice and listening to others, at times, can bring value, you will gain a much deeper connection with your art if your listen to your own inner creative voice more often. Don't be afraid to experiment. Don't be afraid of what others think. And don't be afraid to fail. It is only when you fully listen and follow your inner creative voice will you gain a sense of freedom, which will in turn advance your photographic journey further than you ever thought possible.
Be Free. Go Create.