Some say there is nothing original and that everything has been photographed. It’s hard to argue with that, but I would say that not everything has been photographed through my Vision.
– Cole Thompson 
There’s not much I can add to that. But if you’re beginning your photography journey, I think there are some limiting beliefs to shatter in order to give yourself the chance to find your Vision. I remember these when I started out not too long ago, and they don’t go away either.
Here are some common ones:
- “I don’t have the eye for it.”
- “It’s already been done.”
- “There’s nothing to shoot around here.”
- “I’ll never be as good as…”
Here’s what I’ve realized:
- If I allowed myself to believe that I didn’t have the eye for it and that it’s already been done, that would have become my reality because I wouldn’t have tried.
- If I allowed myself to believe that there was nothing to shoot around where I live, that I could only do photography in better places, that would have become my reality because I wouldn’t have tried to find the beauty in everyday life.
- If I allowed myself to believe that I’ll never be as good as so and so, I wouldn’t have started.
As I said, these thoughts don’t go away. But whenever they arise in my mind, I tell myself “thanks for sharing,” and continue creating.
That’s how I’ve given myself the chance, and that’s how I continue to.
Have you experienced any of these limiting beliefs? How do you shatter them? Sources:
- Vision Drawings: Session #1. (Silver Zen)