A few days ago I read a great blog post about haters and it really got me thinking. We all know what a hater is, and I’m sure most of us have hated on someone, for one reason or another. I know I am guilty for putting down another’s work for no other reason then my own insecurities. In the fast changing and highly competitive world of photography, it’s easy to judge one another and downplay success because they had xyz (whatever it may be).
Honestly, I struggle with this all the time. My competitive drive gets carried away and before I know it, I’m trashing someone’s work. Do they deserve it? Of course not! Deep down inside I know this, but still I’m threatened! In this photo driven world there are literally thousands of great photographers just in Southern California, the talent can become overwhelming.
But where is my place among the thousands? As much as I want to be “different” or “better” then the masses, I’m really just another “me too” trying to figure out where they belong. So the next time you get the urge to hate on another artist, stop and analyze where your insecurities are REALLY coming from. Does another person’s success really make your own somehow less attainable?
Know that everyone’s path in life is different, concentrate on your own!
Just because posts feel naked without a photograph, here’s some of the most heavenly clouds I’ve ever seen! Happy Friday!