Never Compare Your Photography With Others

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Dear friend,

Why is it that we compare ourselves and our photography with others?

Why is it that social media makes photography some sort of popularity contest?

Why do we judge our own self-esteem by how many ‘likes’ and comments we get?

Whose opinion matters the most?

Kyoto, 2016
Kyoto, 2016

What if we lived in a world where we never compared our photography with others? What if we decided to take a break from social media, and not feel the need to always out-source our self-esteem?

What if?

If we lived a life where we never compared our photos with others, we would (obviously) be much happier.

Not only that, but it doesn’t even make sense to compare your photos with others.

We all have different life circumstances. Some of us have children and families. Some of us are single and can travel the world like nomads, while living in hostels.

How to find happiness in photography

Kyoto, 2016
Kyoto, 2016

The secret to happiness is to make the best out of your own life condition. To not desire the life of anybody else.

The secret to being a great photographer is to first be happy. Then photograph. Not to try to seek happiness through photography.

Take a break from social media

Kyoto, 2016
Kyoto, 2016

If you find yourself comparing yourself with other photographers, uninstall all social media apps from your phone for a month. Don’t upload any photos to social media for a month.

Take a break. Judge your own photos according to your own standards. See how your self-worth will change.

Without spoiling too much, I think you will find a lot more personal meaning and contentment in your life.

Stay true to yourself,

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