Photography should give you happiness, joy, and excitement in life!
In life, we have too many nay-sayers, pessimists, and people who throw their toxic waste at you.
Ignore them. Rather, venture to photograph your own happiness, optimism, and joy in life.
Many of us are trying to find our own voice, our own style, and what makes our photos unique.
I think that is confusing.
Easier solution: Photograph your own happiness! Photograph what makes you happy. Photograph what brings a smile to your own face :)
There is too much stupid crap out there that artists are supposed to be sad, depressed, and miserable.
The real artist is positive, optimistic, and LOVES LIFE AND LIVING! A true artist would never commit suicide. A true artist would rather endeavor to make pictures that brings him/herself even MORE joy– and to showcase and share that joy of living with others.
Life is short, cruel, and uncertain. Why even waste a drop of this sweet honey and nectar of life– on worrying about shit? About feeling miserable and depressed? Why not endeavor to feel MORE GRATITUDE, and MORE BLESSEDNESS in life?
To me, photograph helps me remember:
Damn, it is fucking great to be alive.
For me, photography is the best drug. Free, cheap, and allows you to EXPLORE MORE. To feel more joy, and excitement. To make instant art. To assert control over your life.
The world is a marvel. A visual playground. It is our duty as photographic children, to keep our innocent eye. To keep making art. To experiment visually– with our compositions, with how we see the world, and to share our unique perspective with others.
Why do we talk down on ourselves? We are all born artists. We lose our innocent and childlike sense of play as we get older– as we get it beaten out of us. We are told to ‘grow up’ and to become more ‘serious.’
I say fuck that– let us return to being kids again. Let us play and be creative every day!
To conclude, shoot your own happiness. Shoot what makes you happy. Make art, and have fun :)