Remember why you started. I recently decided to start over with content creation, and my first step was to reflect on my past experiences. Through meditation I tried to figure out why it has become so important to me for others to like my photography. I’m still working on that, but one of the urges I had after meditating one of the first days since focusing on this question was that I really wanted to check out what Lizzie Pierce had been up to lately.
Remember why you started
If you don’t know whom Lizzie Pierce is, don’t worry. This isn‘t about her. It is however about something she has found important enough to make a neon light quote sign out of: “Remember why you started.”
Curiosity, passion and search for community
When I first picked up a camera I was curious about what I would be able to do with it. But the reason I started photography in a more profound way was because of how picking up that camera made me feel.
When I started out it felt like anything could become an interesting photo, but even if I didn’t come home with a single image I never felt like time spent with a camera in hand was time wasted. I didn’t care about great conditions or a particularly exciting location. I just wanted to shoot.
Heck, I remember being excited about shooting at a graveyard midday in harsh sun. I even shared the images from that shoot. They weren’t any good, but the time I had spent shooting them I felt great.
And that’s the thing; I started sharing images not to get praise or likes. I think I started in search for a community of likeminded people that had that same amazing feeling when they had a camera in hand.
Remember why you started. I started out of curiosity, passion and search for community. And I think that has to be the core when I’m starting over as well.
Why did you start? Wether it’s your job or hobby or sports or whatever. Do you remember why you started?