Do You LOVE What You’re Doing?

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Do you LOVE what you’re doing?  Does your current project so excite you that you spend y0ur lunch hour working on it?  Do you rush home so that you can use that last hour of sunlight to create a few more images?  If not, then perhaps your current project isn’t the right one for you…at this time.

I believe that you must be completely excited about the project you’re working on or it will not be your best work.  I’ve seen many pursue a subject simply because it’s “unique” or “different” with the hope that this will be enough to earn them notoriety.  However my experience has been that “different for different’s sake” is not enough; there must be real passion in the project or it will fall flat.

I keep a list of potential projects and every new idea, silly or not, goes on this list for future review.  With time some of these ideas look even sillier and I wonder what it was I was thinking!  However some ideas are really good ones but just not right for us at that moment in time.  That’s why I write down every idea, review them periodically and never remove them from the list.  You just never know when these ideas and your mood will mesh and a fantastic synergy will be born.

There is such an emphasis in the world today to be different and to get noticed.  There are trends that photographers sometimes feel they must follow in order to be in vogue and fit in.  There is so much competition that we all feel this desire to be unique so we can rise above the fray.   While each of these factors must be considered as we make our long term plans, they should not be our primary focus.  What we must focus on is producing art that is uniquely ours, work that is true to our vision and producing something that reflects our passion.

Only then do we stand a chance of being “successful.”

Cole

P. S.  I’ve promised several people that I’d create a blog entry on what “success” means, I’ll do that soon.


7 Responses to “Do You LOVE What You’re Doing?”

  • Eduard Crispi Says:

    I do share this thinking, Cole. This must be applied to our life. Not only in photography.

    It comes to my mind something that Alfred Stieglitz said : Have you ever been in love? Only then can you photograph

  • Xavi Heredia Says:

    Yes, I agree Cole, and I think also its a matter of being respectfully and honest with your images, not to create a photograph just being worried about the reaction this images will induce in the others, or to follow a given trend. I think the key point is to obtain an image which is significant to you. Then, probably it will be significant also for others.

    Lately I have been thinking about the possibility of not to allows comments in my photoblog…

  • Frank Zipperer Says:

    Another inspiring piece, Cole. I have just shared this item with my 7000 member Nikon D-SLR users group on LinkedIn.

  • Eric Kleiman Says:

    I do love it and if I didn’t, i would need to be doing something else. Life is way too short to not love what you’re doing.

  • Brian Says:

    Thank you for writing this. It really resonated with me.

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