At various stages in your photography journey you’ll inevitably come to some crossroads or get bogged down in creative blocks. At these somewhat confusing points in time, it’s worth taking a step back to revaluate where you’re at and where you want to be.
In one of his latest videos, photographer and Olympus Visionary, Robin Wong, details five questions which you can ask yourself in order to help you to figure out your photography goals. His first point is a salient one, and sets the viewer up well for what else he has to say. Getting your mind off of gear — or lack thereof — is something every photographers needs to do. Yes, depending on what you want to shoot, gear can be a limiting factor or perhaps even a barrier. However, we must all work within our means. And, if you really want to develop you craft, you need to forget about the extra dynamic range, focal length, strobe etc. Instead, you need to take a closer look inside yourself.
I think if Wong’s video could be condensed into one sentence, it would be thus: “Be honest with yourself”. A bit glib maybe, at first glance. But it’s the soul of his argument, and it’s valuable advice for anyone who’s finding the road of creative growth particularly difficult. Whether you end up putting down the camera to focus on something that’s more important to you, or if you manage to figure out that next little step which takes you closer to your goal, it’s well worth figuring out the answers to those five simple questions.
Have you asked yourself these questions?