OK, the title of this post, and the photos, may be a little misleading. As a photographer, I take my camera everywhere and love working to get a great shot.
But… Most times my outing isn’t me alone working on building my portfolio. Usually I’m with friends who aren’t as patient as I am while I’m working the shot. So most times, I’m lagging behind while they’re off ahead of me, probably grumbling that I’m not keeping up.
I’ve termed the photography I do during these outings “Gorilla Photography” because I have to be quick to get the shot and keep up with my friends. So every Thursday, I’ll post some of my gorilla photography photos. For the first post, I thought it was appropriate to post a few photos I took when Jon and I went to the San Diego Zoo.
Well, so much for living in the present and no longer letting fear stop me. I made a bold statement in my first post. I was going to start living and not let fear hold me back anymore. That was almost a month ago and I’m just now doing a second post. Any guesses on what has taken me so long?
Yes, my old mistress fear wrapped her arms around me and whispered her familiar sweet nothings into my ear, “It’s not good enough,” “What’s the point,” “You’re being ridiculous,” “People are going to see you for the fraud you are.” Oh, she knows just what to say to me to keep me in my place.
But this week, I saw two blog post, one from photographer Zack Arias and one from The Guardian that Zack posted on Facebook, that helped me turn away from those words of doubt and fear. The first is about getting off your ass and stopping whining. The second is about passion for your art. Take the time to read them. They apply to all people, not just photographers and artists.
So I will say again, I will not let fear stop me from really living my life anymore. I am going to embrace who I am and where I am in my life, at this moment, and say it is good enough. Then I will move forward, trying and failing, trying and succeeding, trying and learning, trying and trying and trying. And I ask you to hold me accountable and if you want I’ll do the same for you.