Still digesting everything I learned last week in New York, and I have to admit that some of it was giving me a bit of indigestion (no, not the Indian food, even though I still don’t know what it was.)
It is difficult to hear that work you were so proud of is just a picture among millions of other pictures, and that if you want your work to be remembered, well, you have to make it memorable to people who weren’t there when you captured the image.
Once you get over wondering whether you should continue or just cut your losses and move on, and you actually begin to LOOK and SEE what is in front of you, then you actually move ahead. Then, you start to grow and you realize that what you did before wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t special, at least not to many people other than yourself. Every photographer (and journalist), if they are being honest with themselves, knows that they do what they do, hopefully to make a difference, to get a reaction, an emotional response. When you can take photos that achieve that goal, then you are headed in the right direction.
You don’t have to stop taking photos for yourself just because you like them, just realize that these are for you to remember. The ones that really matter though, they are the ones that make other people think. And be assured that they don’t come around every day, but if you know what to look for, sometimes you can find it.