At first I was going to write a blog about my 2021 achievements. But 2021 is behind. It was a great year. My family and I accomplished a lot. I do believe it is important to look in the rearview mirror but at this moment, what's in front of me (us) interests me more. A lot more! I might do this blog later on but that's not what I want to talk about today.
For weeks, my wife and I have been searching for a catchy "phrase" to be on shirts, bags and alike. RAW FOCUS, BE FOCUS, BE RAW, etc. we went back and forth on many different options ... but a few days ago, we finally found it. Well, my wife found it!
It's going to be MY LENS MY SHOT. It's got so much meaning to me as a photographer. We all struggle with our shots at some point. Right? Amateur or professional, camera or phone, ... we can't help it but wonder "is this a good shot?", "will people like it?" (at the very least the family). As a professional, it's always in the back of your mind, whether you want (admit) it or not.
“Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” William Klein
Do you remember this day? Yeah, the day you took that shot you were so proud of. You got home, you put it on Facebook or send it via messenger to you family ... and you get "yeah that's cute". But that's not the "oooooh that's so cuuuuute" ... that's the dreading "hum, that's cute" (like "really that's the best you could do!").
Your spirit is crushed. You're never going to share a photo again or worse grab a camera. Then you realize "wait a minute ... my lens my shot".
“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” David Alan Harvey
As a photographer, your camera (phone) is a way to express yourself. You took a shot because of an emotion, a feeling at that specific moment. Something was happening in your life or around you worth putting on "film". You took the shot. You had the emotion. You own that shot. It's yours. It actually does not matter if people like it. You like it. You were behind the camera, you were behind the lens, it's your shot. period. MY LENS MY SHOT.
If you want to live authentically, you have to live boldly, on your own terms. Take ownership and take your shots. Only you can take them because you "are" your own special lens on the world.
T-shirt is now available in my online store, in merchandise.