A big thing that has helped re-motivate my photography:
Don’t care whether you make “good” or “bad” photos.
Better yet: don’t strive to make good photos. Just shoot for fun!
You have no contemporaries
One of the biggest things which has helped me and my personal artistry:
Imagine as you have no contemporaries.
Only find inspiration from (dead) or (really old) masters.
The problem of paying too much attention to your contemporaries:
You are more likely to make derivative photos.
If your goal is to make truly original photos based on your personal taste, then:
Strive for CREATIVE ISOLATION.
What is a ‘good’ photo anyways?
A good photo:
A photo which brings you joy.
I believe that we need to PRIVATELY enjoy our own photos. We need to judge our own personal authenticity; whether we are truly making photos for ourselves. And this is my thought:
If your desire is to leave a legacy as a photographer, FIRST strive to make photos that please you. THEN share your photos!
You might be less popular in the short-term, but you are more likely to thrive in the long-term.
You are the best self-judge
Just keep shooting. Shoot photos as you breathe.
If you desire to share your photos, the best place to share them is your own website/blog.
Approach photography like a child
When do we learn that certain things are “good” or “bad”? As we get socialized from childhood to adulthood.
A child plays for fun; no regard for “good” or “bad”.
Become more child-like in your photography
For example my niece Amelia — she shoots for fun, and actually doesn’t really care to see the photos after-the-fact. Perhaps this is the best way to approach photography?
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