Being quite new to the world of photography, this little quotation resonates with me.
I’ve spent the last year and a half pouring over as many photography books as time would allow, with the aim of learning everything I could about how to photograph. For most of this time I didn’t have enough confidence in my photos to do anything with them; I didn’t show them to anyone, didn’t post them online, enter them into competitions, and so on. I didn’t think they were good enough. And I also thought it would be embarassing to admit that I wanted to be a professional photographer with only such photos to show for myself.
Well, I was wrong. We’ve all got to start somewhere, right? It’s not embarassing to admit that you’re starting out and that you want to improve. Whether perfection is obtainable or not, one thing is for sure; it doesn’t come over night! It took me quite a while to realise this.
Then today, months and months after I’d had such half-thoughts, I stumbled upon the quotation:
Dare to fail.
That’s it!! In three simple words! That’s exactly what I need to do, that’s exactly what we all need to do from time to time (at least), in all aspects of life. Failure or rejection isn’t nice but it’s an inevitable part of learning, growing, moving, progressing, and so on.
So lets just go for it – take a chance on the things we love at the risk of failure, and see where it takes us.
I found the quote here (it also has a bunch of other great stuff): http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/05/18/commencement-speeches-2/
Photos taken in Teignmouth, March 2012, with my good friend Kyle.