Why photography? It is the great affirmation of (new) life. I myself wouldn’t desire a life and existence without photography.
Good fear: fear which keeps you alive. For example my fear of dying if texting while driving, or walking on the street while texting.
Bad fear: fear of social chastisement which prevents me from pursuing my artistic and creative passions in life.
Good fears are mostly physiological; fear of a potentially early death, or permanent disfigurement (Nassim Taleb). Bad fears as mostly pertaining to how you live your life— your lifestyle choices, your artistic modes of self expression, etc.…
If we think about humanity, there is an innate instinct for us to procreate. The natural sexual drive of both men and women in order to create children. Certainly without the will to procreate, humanity would have died off a long time ago.
Then what makes me think:
How can we channel this desire to procreate in a positive and productive way? To channel this desire into our arts creation and to not demonize this innate powerful drive we have within ourselves?
To not demonize the sexual drive, but trying to figure out how we can harness this physiological power to our advantage?
Is our desire as artists to procreate art works rooted from the sexual desire to procreate children and new life?…
Perhaps the best way to become a “better” photographer is mostly through the negative (Nassim Taleb). For example:
- To make better compositions, best to *SUBTRACT* and try to get rid of the distracting elements.
- To be more motivated, best to GET RID of social media (delete your Instagram) instead of seeking more followers and more likes.
- More photo opportunities by subtracting color options (in praise of monochrome).
Perhaps this notion of having “positive role models” is not useful. Why?
We often put the personalities, characteristics, and pursuits of certain individuals as *above* us. For example, we all want to become more like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, etc. However … is this truly something to be desired? Instead of seeking to become someone else, or to emulate the personality character traits of others, better instead to look at yourself, your own innate personality traits and to see your own self and your own personality as king.
Then when it comes to other humans, instead of seeking “positive role models” to emulate, better instead to consider all of the bad role models who you *don’t* want to become. For example myself, I don’t want to become like my dad, so I just do everything *opposite* of what he did. Thus I have a very good blueprint in terms of becoming a good future father —
Study, and analyze your “anti role models”— and use their negative traits as a positive learning experience.
Once again — just “go opposite” of negative folks and their character traits and actions, and you will be golden.…
We must play for the long game. This means:
Focus on your photography, artwork, artistic production for life.
The infinite road — photography as your passion that will burn on forever. And how do you stay motivated and perpetually inspired in your photography? To continually discover new sources of visual or artistic inspiration from other sources, from within yourself, and from life itself.
Why is it that we don’t take ourselves and our artistic passions seriously? Simple: because we lack respect for ourselves and our artwork.
Consider we take our (labor) work “seriously”. But isn’t our art(work) more important than our “work work”?
Or why you don’t need to “force” yourself to do anything contrary to your nature. And also —
Not all action is good.
You also often exhibit your true beliefs and true preferences based on what you decide *not* to do, what you decide *not* to participate in, or what silly games you decide *not* to play. “Via negativa” beliefs.…
What is the best car? The call which motivates and allows you for the maximal movement — to drive more, explore more and experience more. Preferably a small fuel efficient car (hybrid) or a small electric (high range) car. Ideally all wheel drive to allow for you to go on drives even when the weather is poor, rainy, snowy.
What is the best camera? The one which is the least cumbersome. The one which motivates and allows you to maximally explore and photograph with as little hesitation as possible.
Also with exercise — perhaps the best exercises are the ones which allow for the most fun and dynamic movements?
The best music — the music which motivates you the most to move!