Like our friend JAY Z says:
Don’t be good, be great.
And something I realized:
In studying the masters (great photographers) of photography, what we are truly seeking is our own personal greatness.
What does it mean to be ‘great‘?
A great photographer as a matter of elevation?
To become ‘greater’ is to go higher. To also go deeper (plumb the depths of photographic knowledge and artistic-aesthetic philosophy), and also to go *FURTHER*. Henri Cartier-Bresson as only a half-great master, as he gave up on photography towards the end of his life [he saw photography as *inferior* to drawing and painting].
To become a great photographer means:
To discover a new beautiful aesthetic in photography, and to have continued motivation to take photography *FURTHER*.
On becoming the uber-photographer
Uber means ‘above’ and ‘beyond’. To become an uber-photographer means:
To disdain what your contemporaries are doing, and rather … finding inspiration from the past masters, and seeking to super-overcome them!
How does one become great in photography?
Certainly ‘practice makes great’. We should consider photography as a practice, and a strengthening of sorts.
If you keep lifting a 1-pound dumbbell (even for a million reps), you won’t get stronger.
I am convinced:
The only way to become ‘better’ is to use yourself as your own personal ruler, and to judge your progress as a photographer based on your own gut, instinct, and personal self-assessment of yourself.
In this way, self-critique as a photographer is good (not to see yourself as ‘bad’, but rather … to simply judge your progress).
Thus my simple answer to become a great photographer:
Continual self-critique and self-development and self-improvement in your photography, using yourself as the sole judge!
Discover more personal meaning in your photographic life with PHOTOLOSOPHY >
- On Becoming a Free Spirited Photographer
- Minimum Viable Photo (MVP)
- Zero Digital Photography
- On Becoming an Arts Photographer
- Photos and Pictures
- Photographic Productivity > Happiness
- PHOTO WISDOM.
- The Philosophy of Photography and Life Experiences
- The Significant Moment
- Reflexive Photography
- Photograph Your Own History
- Why Share Your Photos?
- Photographic Memento Vivere
- Photography Art and Ethics
- Via Negativa Photography
- Psychology of the Photographer
- Optimize Your Life for Photography
- PHOTOGRAPHY IS A PRIVILEGE.
- How to Become a Great Photographer
- What is the Point of Photography?
- Past, Present, and Future Photos
- Why Share Your Photos?
- On Becoming Less Critical of Your Photos and Yourself as a Photographer
- Camera is God
- Photography Philosophy
- Photography for Mental and Physiological Health
- Photography and Health
- How You Can Become a Great Photographer
- Form and Substance
- ALL PHOTOS ARE ACCURATE, NONE ARE TRUTH.
- What Are You Trying to Message in Your Photography?
- Don’t Strive to Make Good Photos
- EVERY OPPORTUNITY IS A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
- Photography as Your Personal Life Odyssey
- The Joyful Photography
- Photography 300 Years from Now
- All I wanna do is make photos and philosophize!
- First Get Happier, then Shoot Photos!
- No Artwork SHOULD Last Forever
- High Photography
- How to Photograph Your Everyday Life
- The Photograph is Not Sacred
- PHOTO MODE.
- The Visual Soundtrack of Your Life
- The Photographer is a Visual Explorer and Transformer
- Photography as the Ultimate Artistic Form of Self-Expression
- Don’t Seek to Please or Impress Others with Your Photos
- Shoot For Yourself
- Power Photography
- Creative Evolution
- The Artist-Photographer
- Photo Realism
- Perpetual Photography
- All Photography is Good Photography
- Optimal Simplicity
- True Happiness in Photography
- NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOOT! #photolosophy
- Photolosophy: With Physical Proximity comes Emotional Proximity
- Why Share Photos?
- Chaos Photography
- Soul Street Photography
- Now is the Time to Shoot!
- Photolosophy 101: Don’t Photograph Others the Way You Wouldn’t Want to Be Photographed
- Photolosophy 101: Life and Death in Photography
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- Photography Philosophy 101
Respark your passion for photography:
- SF BAY AREA STREET PHOTO ADVANCED WORKSHOP (November 13, Saturday 2021)
- LEARN FROM MASTERS ONLINE WORKSHOP (December 11, Saturday, 2021)
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