I feel a bit crazy admitting it, but I was nervous about sharing this image on facebook this weekend. Not because there is anything wrong with it, but because it is quite different from my usual editing style. Different is risky.
As I went to write this post, I found myself reflecting on risks, this morning. I couldn’t quite articulate what was going through my mind, so I looked up some quotes on risk, to jump start the old brain.
There is freedom in stepping out and taking risks when you know at any given moment, you can always begin again.
― Eva Gregory
Yes! Freedom is good (way to take a stand, David.) In the photographer’s case, freedom comes when you release fear, and allow yourself to experiment with your creativity. Who cares if your idea is a total failure. The failures are just as important as the successes. Really, its all just part of the learning process. A failure isn’t truly a failure, if you’ve learned something.
I’ve failed a lot in my life. I hope you have too.
I spent a considerable amount of time looking for the right trees for this shot, as I walked through the woods. There were hundreds, if not thousands, but I needed to find just the right composition. I took more time than usual, because I was doing self portraits, and needed to make sure the composition was nailed, before I ran over to model for myself.
Surprisingly, a lot of people, including some talented folks that I admire, liked this image, and my self portrait. This time, the risk paid off.
I’ve got some more risks in the works this year, including building a new website, leading workshops, and even writing a book. Stay tuned!