Detroit, 2013
Detroit, 2013

I recently finished reading “The Snowball“, a biography on the life of Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors of all time. One inspirational thing I got from the book was how Buffett always played by his “inner scorecard” — staying true to himself and his own standards. Seeking to please himself, and not others.

I think sometimes photographers think photography is a sport with clear winners and losers. But photography isn’t a zero sum game. There are no point system. Rather we sometimes use social media follower numbers, the amount of exhibitions we’ve had, the books we’ve published, the gear we own, to validate our self worth (compared to other photographers).

But screw all of that. Shoot based on your own “inner scorecard”. Challenge yourself in photography, and know you aren’t competing with anyone. There are no clear winners or losers. We should focus on collaborating with one another, rather than worrying about who is a better photographer or who has more “favorites” or “likes”.

Don’t aim to be the best photographer out there. Rather, aim to the best photographer you can become.

For further reading, you can read my past article: How Many “Favorites” Or “Likes” Are Enough?

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17 Comments

  1. another good post, if you raise a camera to your eye to chase stats you may miss taking the other photo, the one that your instinct says you should. Go for it, the real photos are usually in the background of the ones you’ve already taken.
    flickr.com/photos/dougforrester

  2. For years I follow your blog, I sought you stay out of these things, and I can give you reason, in recent times to mè somehow there was a bit of decadence in “street” do not shoot more for ourselves . but copying styles of others, seeking more than you can “like”.

    compliments to the statement that communicates in this genre, there are a few rules for street photography, the unique and important is what the photographer reacts to a certain scene and communicate its intent. good Eric Kim

    sorry for my bad english

  3. I must be doing that, very few stars and comments on my photo stream on Flickr which used to annoy me but I am slowly getting used it and shoot what I want.

  4. A Chilean photographer, Sergio Larrain, said something similar in a letter to his nephew that was starting in photography: “Sigue lo que es tu gusto y nada más. No le creas más que a tu gusto, tú eres la vida y la vida es la que se escoge. Lo que no te guste a ti no lo veas, no sirve. Tú eres el único criterio, pero ve de todos los demás” Basically he also says to stay true to himself, to seek what he likes and no what other wants.

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