The Photographer’s Struggle | Creating in Spite of Fear

The Photographer’s Struggle | Creating in Spite of Fear


– I can remember very distinctly one of the very first classes. You had to take one roll
of film and tell a story. And you got 4 by 6 prints made of them and you put them on the wall. I remember watching some of the people’s images go up on the board and being like oh my god, what did I get myself into? These people are so talented. – I was a DJ, I worked a lot at night. I sort of felt that itch
to do something else. And after some soul
searching, the only thing that I was excited about
doing was taking pictures. – And I would Photoshop
myself into other places, and a lot of times it
never even went online. I didn’t care, because it wasn’t for, necessarily, the world,
it was because I wished I was anywhere other than where I was. – I suppose academically
I failed at everything. So I was left with very few choices. – I was cater waitering. I’d work til 11, 12 o’clock at night. Retouch until 3 or 4 in the morning. Even though I didn’t
really have the talent, I’d be willing to work when
other people would sleep. – And at times I’d look
at my work and I’d think, damn, I’m a shitty photographer. Fuck, it’s nothing. – You know, you have this
idea of what can be done because you’re assisting and
you just can’t create it. – So often today’s artists,
I think we get ideas and we end up sitting on them
and we don’t follow through. I think we can be our worst enemies. – I will talk myself out
of a project before I even begin it because I think
about all the things that might go wrong or could go wrong. – When you first start
out with doing anything, as we know, you’ve got like five people, one of those is your mum following you, and it’s just difficult
to get accurate feedback. – You have to be willing to be rejected by the artwork, by
yourself, by your peers. – We get worried what our
peers are gonna think. We get worried what the
talent is going to think or what the celebrity is going to think. – And for me it was
always I understand that, but I also understand that you have to be passionate enough to
throw the excuses aside and just start the process. – First struggling,
then assisting full-time for three years, then
struggling some more, then retouching, freelancing,
getting my first job. – But I’ll lay in bed
and something will just pop in my head and I’ll just go what if? Wouldn’t it be interesting if? – Try it, it didn’t work, throw it out. Try it, it didn’t work, throw it out. Try it, it works, it works,
it doesn’t work, throw it out. – You know, you don’t
become a great photographer, you don’t become a great painter, you don’t become a great
sculptor without having some downfalls and going
in the wrong direction. – I allow myself to fail
because I like to fail because I like to grow. You have to decide that you want it. Because it’s not easy
to be great at anything. – Even though I’m not at the place I want to be, I’m still moving forward. – Nobody is going to love
everything that we do. But I think you have to take a chance.

19 thoughts on “The Photographer’s Struggle | Creating in Spite of Fear

  • September 1, 2017 at 4:54 pm
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    Nice one

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  • September 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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    Thank you

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  • September 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm
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    Wow just what i needed to hear

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  • September 1, 2017 at 7:17 pm
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    Wonderful cut guys!

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  • September 2, 2017 at 7:45 am
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    Just great. Love this.

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  • September 2, 2017 at 8:39 am
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    Very nice

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  • September 7, 2017 at 9:12 pm
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    This. Is. Fantastic. Remembering everyone had the struggle, but retained the perseverance to succeed (and have) is inspiring no matter where you are along the lifelong journey of photography.

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  • September 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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    Damn. It's nice to know that this is something people way more accomplished than you also feel.

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  • September 9, 2017 at 5:42 am
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    Wow amazing

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  • September 11, 2017 at 6:32 pm
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    Every word. I have spoken

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  • September 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm
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    what a great motivation

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  • September 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm
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    Wonderful inspiration. Your work is absolutely amazing and drives me every day. Thank you!

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  • September 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    there's hope

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  • October 1, 2017 at 9:16 am
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    Thank you for lifting my head up. Best of Luck to you too.

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  • October 1, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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    Great advice.

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  • October 5, 2017 at 10:37 pm
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    Love it!

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  • October 25, 2017 at 9:01 am
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    THANK YOU FOR THIS….it was what I needed to hear.  Needed the booster and now I have some fuel to work with.  I shall stay in touch…

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  • November 8, 2017 at 8:56 am
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    I Love this!!!

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  • November 27, 2017 at 6:53 am
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    Awesome video, thanks everyone!

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