WordPress Daily Prompt: Audience of One: Picture the one person in the world you really wish were reading your blog. Write her or him a letter.
I’m going to take liberty and change the letter to someone who wants to participate in my challenge but is too afraid.
I’ve seen you sneak a peek at photography blogs and even caught you looking at my challenges once or twice. I get a feeling you want to play along and add one of your own photos. But you are too afraid. Those voices in your head are saying little phrases like, you are not good enough, you only have a cell phone, your camera is too old, you are not a photographer, you have no creativity, you don’t have an eye for photography. And then you hear other voices asking what if they hate my photo, what if I do it wrong, what if my photos are not worth showing, what if I am just not good.
After hearing all that negativity, I can’t blame you for not wanting to read my blog or play in my challenges. What a daunting task. I used to hear all those things in my own head. I was so overwhelmed many years ago when I entered my first challenge. It took me forever to chose a photo and then even longer to press enter. It was a challenge on a photography community site. How very daunting was that. The next time, several weeks later, it was easier. Now you see me running the challenges and having fun. I have tons of fun reading other photographers blogs and playing in their challenges. I think I have turned out to be a fairly good photographer in the process.
I am here to tell you that you are creative. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use. Photography is something that can grow with you. Your photographic eye is yours and no one can ever take it away from you. You get better with practice. You gain confidence with practice. You learn what you like and don’t like by looking at other people photography. For me, I’m not a landscape or wide angle person. It just isn’t my thing. However, once I discovered macros and flowers I got hooked. That is where I started.
Be gentle with yourself and have fun. I won’t ever tell you that you are unworthy of being in one of my challenges and that your photos are bad. We all started somewhere and I adore seeing people find their niche in photography. It’s fun to watch people grow and learn and become more aware of themselves and become confident.
I invite you to actually look at my photography and join in one of my challenges. After the initial “awe” at looking at my photos and the photos of other photographer and the “fear” of playing along, you just might have some fun along the way.
I really hope to see you soon.
Qi (energy) hugs