Often times photographers tend to 'not see' the signs posted telling them NO TRESPASSING and, yes, I am guilty of that as well. We'll say to ourselves, 'ah, this place has been abandoned for years' or 'I'll just get in and get out. No one will know the difference'. The excitement of getting the perspective or angle we were hoping for, the joy of getting that 'shot', and the high of discovering something we haven't seen before in that light outweighs the signs saying stay out.
I can't help to feel like a kid when I get my camera in hand. There's a sense of youthfulness that takes over. That not knowing what will cross our path and the expectation for something great that could happen at any time. That's what I love about shooting even if I am the only one who likes the shot (and my mother & wife of course) it doesn't matter. It's all an expression of what I saw through that lens and in my mind's eye. Of course there's always that driving sense of perfectionism that comes with this craft. Always wanting to improve with every shot.
All of this joy and love for capturing the light can also blind us from seeing reality as well. It's been a year and a half since I branched out, left my full-time job (with the Mrs's consent), and tried to make a go of it in the photography business. Quickly I learned that when money gets tied to a creative passion, the creative passion can become a burden instead of joy. It only took me about four or five months and I was ready to go back to work. By the time I did go back to work the sense of failure, defeat, and depression was overwhelming. Sure, I had some friends saying to keep at, etc. but I had lost my passion. I didn't want to pick up the camera. I put away all my photos and buried myself into my new job.
As the old saying goes, time heals... I recently began to pick up that camera and shoot. One step at a time this time. I want to experience light and the world around me as it comes to me and not be bound by having to shoot x number of shots to pay the bills. If it happens, great, but I'm not going looking for it. Photography is something to be shared with others. It can be a powerful tool to bless others and create memories for them that last lifetimes. It can capture an instant that will only happen once in all eternity a certain way and allow that to seen by, potentially, millions.
If you've ever felt like giving up or that your passion has been lost, step away for a while and re-evaluate. It may be that you just need a new perspective. It may be that it wasn't as bad as you thought. It may be that your passion can be used in ways you hadn't yet thought of. In any case, give it another 'shot' and don't worry about what anyone else might think. Just go and enjoy the moment (even if you do step across the NO TRESPASSING signs once and while....).. :)
Blessings my friends!
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