As photographers, we’re storytellers. We create images to show our world, our view, to other people. It’s a fascinating art form, capturing moments of life and freezing them to have and study and remember.
Like any art or skill, the people who are at the top of their game and who are the best at it are the ones who do it a lot.
That’s key. When you love something, when you have a passion for creating, no one has to prompt you to create. You can’t stop creating. It’s not even work, it’s just living to you.
Doing something a lot makes you good at it.
You don’t have to prompt an Olympic gymnast or ice skater to practice for eight hours a day. Things we say we want to do but never do, that’s telling. That shows what we really want to do.
Writers write. If you’re wondering if you are one, but never write, you’re not.
Musicians live for music. They practice, they play, they go to get-togethers to play with other musicians. They write music. The live it. If you’re wondering if you are one, but never practice, you’re not.
That’s the way I approach photography. I have projects that I work on, and I see other photo opportunities in my comings and goings, and I always have a camera in hand. It’s not a choice whether to bring a camera–it’s in my hand and I’m photographing what strikes me. Capturing life’s little moments. I’m a documentary photographer.
The camera helps me bring my attention to my world. And it’s ready to go. Always.
No case. No cap. Powered on, ready to shoot.
Because making photos is what photographers do.
You, too, can be one. But no one has to talk you into it. It’s not about waiting for the right gear. It’s not about, “Today’s not a good day for it.” Every day is a good day for photography. Any gear you have you can use.
What’s your project? Where’s your camera? What are you working on? What is your next project? What did you see today? What did you create?
Photographers make photographs.
So, what do you do? What do you find yourself doing a lot?
That’s what you are.