This is a photography-centric web site, photography is a creative endeavor for most. I try to post things here that will inspire all creatives, no matter how they express themselves. Today is no exception. But today’s post may be one of the most translatable I’ve written. It’s about self-doubt.
I speak or teach at most photo conferences (although I have scaled back to rest and relax and give others a chance to share their views) and the thing I find most common is that photographers are often their own worst enemy.
They are filled with angst and self-doubt. They have self-esteem issues when it comes to creativity. Certainly this is a generalization, but it’s one that I’ve seen enough to think it’s more true than not.
I have often been surprised to learn that all most people I meet at these photo conferences, or shows want – is some encouragement. They want someone to be on their side. They are looking for permission to trust themselves and go make stuff. So I do what I can to give them a push. [read]