Getting Past It
We outgrow our fears. That resonates deeply in a photographer.
The metaphorical exploration is not just about shedding the trepidation that comes with stepping out of one’s comfort zone; it is about the profound growth that comes from embracing the unknown.
To outgrow fear means to push past the boundaries of the familiar. It's about exploring genres of photography that are uncharted territories for you, whether it be street photography or perhaps the daunting task of capturing raw human emotions in portraits. Each photo you make is an act of courage that builds your confidence and increases your skill set.
By taking photos you've never made before, you're not just collecting images; you're gathering experiences that expand your understanding of light, composition, and storytelling. Every new subject is a puzzle to solve, every unfamiliar setting is a lesson in adaptability, and every technical challenge overcome is a step towards making better photos.
Discomfort is often the prelude to innovation. The fear of failure is a natural sentiment but making peace with it paves the way for creativity. With each new attempt, the fear diminishes, and what was once daunting becomes exciting.
To outgrow fear as a photographer is to evolve. The journey is continuous, and the excitement of photography lies in the opportunity to capture a moment, to tell a story, and to see the world through an expanded life experience.
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