It’s very easy to lose focus of your long-term ambitions and hyperfocus on the immediate needs and priorities on life, the things that need attending to right then and there, meanwhile your ‘real’ goals get pushed further into the distance that is ‘one day ill get round to them’. I’m sure this is the reality for many people who aspire to work in creative fields whilst in their day to day doing very routine, textbook, repetitive tasks.
As of recent, this has been my reality. After spending 5-7hrs day typing lectures and completing heavily weighted deadlines for my Biomedical Science degree, I found myself too tired or productively burnt out to use my downtime to pursue my passions. My website which you’re reading now became dormant for 8 months, my portfolio grew by a grand total of 0 Images & my Instagram lost 40% of its traffic due to the decline in the production quality of my images. This only made it more difficult to hop back on the proverbial horse.
That being said, I aim to take more photos, edit them for hours to perfect them and post them have put a piece of my work out there that I’m proud of. Hopefully, make money to invest in more equipment and further the brand that I am building for myself.
TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Success takes time, setbacks are normal.
Recently I’ve come to a very simple realisation that ‘you simply cannot be good at everything’. By ‘good’ I mean educated in the matter. It’s odd because you may think that you understand these cliche sayings you hear through your life but understanding means nothing without enforcement. Since enforcing this philosophy I’ve really increased my productivity.
There was a point in time where there were several things I seemed to be juggling around trying to be good at, not just within photography but within my life as well. In photography, I wanted to take the best landscapes, the best portraits, the best long exposures, the best low light shots etc. Outside of Photography I wanted to be completely informed on how to go about fitness, how to go about studying, to be well read, to be good at managing my finances. All of this just isn’t feasible (at least not all in one go).
I guess this is more of a commentary on self-awareness, I found out what my niche is and what I’m good at, on this flip-side I’ve made peace with what I’m shit at. Continue reading “You can’t be good at everything.”
I plan to collect all my creative content and gather it all in one place, posting my thoughts or reasoning behind taking a certain photo, perhaps tell the stories they entail.
My expectations for where this will take me are low, so here goes nothing (but time). That being said although I want photography to be the main focus of my website I might also check out a few hidden gems in terms of coffee shops, breakfast bars etc. within my home town (Birmingham, UK) and share my thoughts on them, truth is I have a rough idea of how I want to structure my website but I’d rather just let it take its own direction and see where it goes, should be interesting…
Continue reading “My First blog post”