The Curse of Idle Thoughts

One of the difficult parts about being a photographer is that you can’t fake what you do. One can fabricate all these ideas of what they hope to photograph or how far they wish to travel to create the work they feel best illustrates their talent but if all we do is talk and write about it without having photographs to coexist with our statements, then people will surely see through that.

Unlike a writer, there’s only so much we can do as photographers with our laptops sitting pleasantly behind a desk or at the far end table of a local coffee shop. We spend this enormous amount of money on our camera equipment for a reason and it sure as heck shouldn’t be for the purpose of bragging that we own it. There’s no way around the fact that a photographer is identified by the work they produce out in the field and not what they daydream about in the comfort of their mind or their office.

I’ve been victim of falling into this trap in the past and even now with believing that the value of an idea is having purely conceptualized it but there’s more to it. The face value of it lies in the ability to execute it and quite frankly I’m mentally exhausted with having project ideas and thinking I’ve made progress with any of them on the basis of how well written out they may seem on my Moleskine.

Beginning anything is grueling. Saying that you haven’t because you’re absolutely busy is the complete opposite. Writing this makes me realized that it probably represents the complete contrast to what I’ve said so far and so I’ve made the decision to stop writing about what I hope to accomplish as a photographer, to quit grumbling about the lack of time I may have and start adopting the mentality that in order to be considered creative, I have to go through the process of creating something first to subsequently share it.

This is not to say I’m not pleased with anything I’ve photograph thus far but I’ve noticed that the more I read, the more inquisitive I become and the more I discover the type of work I’m drawn to, the more pressure I feel to dedicate time to produce content that’s a direct result of my inspiration as oppose to not doing much of anything.