To never run out of inspiration in your photography, you must only photograph what you’re passionate about.
Definition of passion
First of all, what is ‘passion’?
Passion comes from the latin: “passio” (which means ‘suffering’). For example, we can say the “passion of Jesus Christ” (when Jesus suffered on the cross).
In modern society, when we say we are “passionate” about something, we actually mean that we are “enthusiastic” about something. Enthusiasm comes from the ancient Greek “entheos” (possessed by god’s). En = in, Theos: god, Ousia = essence. So Enthusiasm means to be “possessed by a God (or Gods)”, and that you have the essence of a God (or Gods) within yourself.
Why I like passion
I still prefer the term “passion” because it is a more emotional, fervent, and sacrificial word.
To me, to be “passionate” is to have a burning fire within your heart– something that you feel so strongly about that you will feel pain and suffering as a consequence.
The reason I like the word “passionate” is because if you truly care about something, it ain’t all roses and easy. It is hard. To pursue your passion is difficult, challenging, and often painful.
To pursue what you are passionate about means to be self-driven, self-motivated, and to run on your own inner-fire. It means that you don’t need others to “motivate” you to pursue what you are passionate about. It means having bravery, confidence, and courage to put yourself out there– because you want to give birth to the art you are passionate about. It means you also want to help empower others in their passion.
If you aren’t passionate about what you do or photograph, you will lose enthusiasm for what you want to photograph. You will lose the zest, and you will lose inspiration/motivation to make photos.
What do you find meaningful in your life?
In practical terms, this means:
Only photograph what you are passionate about.
If you don’t care about what you photograph, why photograph it?
To me, I only photograph what I love or care about. I only photograph what I am curious about. I only photograph people, things, and scenes where I can see my own soul.
As a photographer, you determine meaning. Which means, you only photograph what is personally-meaningful to you. Thus when you share your photos with others, you are telling them:
“This is what I find meaningful in my life and in the world around me.”
As a photographer, you are a judge. You make a judgement on what is meaningful to you or not. You distinguish what is beautiful by photographing only what you find beautiful.
Distinguish what you photograph
“To encourage means to distinguish.” – Ferdinando Galiani
To stay encouraged in your photography, distinguish what you find meaningful in your life.
- Photograph your loved ones (friends, family, children, parents) — Personal Photography
- Honor thy selfie (shoot selfies of yourself)
- Photograph colors that bring a smile to your face, try shooting red-green combinations.
- Shoot street photographs of strangers who you feel an emotional connection with (can you empathize with them, or feel the emotions they feel?)
- Don’t listen to what others tell you to photograph: Only photograph what you want to photograph.
What if I’ve lost my passion for photography?
I personally started to do lots of iPad traces of famous painters like Piet Mondrian, and Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, to re-inspire myself in photography. After taking a momentary break from photography, I was able to re-engage myself in photography with more passion, more insights, and more inspiration.
Or I recommend you to study the masters of photography, and find inspiration from them.
Also, try to do different forms of art, like try to teach yourself how to use GarageBand to make beats. I started to make my own beats in GarageBand, and started to add my own photographs, and been having a lot of fun.
Or try to do things with the photographs you already have. Print out your photos, make a photo album, or make a simple video slideshow of your own photos in iMovie.
Never stop making art until you die
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what kind of art you make– as long as you just make art which is faithful, genuine, and personal to yourself.
You can make photos, make paintings, make illustrations, whatever.
Never keep experimenting, following your artistic curiosity, and having fun.
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