You have to always reflect and remember what it is that made you love photography to begin with because it is very easy to lose sight of yourself and find yourself trying to be someone you’re not.

1 of 8 lessons for the New Year that Tracy Zhang wrote about back in 2010 but which can very easily be applied to any point in time. This is the type of straightforward advice that carries a lot weight because with photography, it’s very easy to feel that you should be shooting certain subjects in a specific way and with a specific type of gear because that’s what you see everyone else doing.

In the beginning, I think we all generally emulate what we see but I would assume you want to eventually develop your own style at some point by using the tools that satisfy you and not anyone else. If street photography is you calling, then how are you doing differently than the people you first came across doing it? Food for thought.