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Diana Vilic

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Progress

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I will never claim I'm an amazing photographer, or that I know everything. Even if the day ever comes where I'm shooting worldwide campaigns, teaching CreativeLive classes and creating amazing work, I'll still be as naive as ever, with just a few more years of experience up my belt.


I'll admit my work is no where near where I want it to be. But just like Ira Glass said,

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work."

My work isn't where it should be by my standards, but it's getting there. Progress is difficult when you are an artist. You want to be great before you even know where you're going. All you know is you want everyone to see your work. If you were like me when I started, that meant taking pictures of everything and over-saturating all my social medias with "Look how great of a photographer I am". As I developed as an artist, I realized it was quality over quantity. I was only as great as the last photo I shared to the world. I became pickier on what I shared, but I still tried to share.

I also overthought everything. Photography became a struggle, but it was one I knew I had to be in. It wasn't so much that I couldn't stop taking photos, I could. But I couldn't stop seeing. I couldn't turn off my vision. So it became torturous to see but not create.

My work still has places to go, I still have so much growth to go through. My work differs from month to month. I can only imagine where I'll be in a year time. I used to hate shooting indoor/studio work. Today, it's almost exclusively what I take. I still love on location work, it's my first love, and it always will be. But I realized I needed to teach myself the discipline to shoot more than what I thought was easy to shoot. I needed to challenge myself and allow myself to grow as an artist. I had to start letting myself progress.



When I started photography, I started on a Sony Bloggie, that's right, a video camera capable of taking stills. When I got my dlsr, I pushed everything else away. Unless the sensor was amazing and I could change its glass, I didn't care for it. Until this year, I almost never took any iphoneography. Which is ridiculous, especially since I preached, "The best camera" to everyone I met. I wasn't comfortable enough making mistakes and putting them out there yet. Today, I am. Of course, I'm still scared out of my mind before I press the post button, but I do it regardless. Work is no good sitting where no one can see it. It may be your whole soul in a photo, but you gotta put it out there where it can get ridiculed and stomped on and where people can see it. You can't grow unless you put yourself and what you love out there without a wall guarding them.



Being an artist is allowing yourself to be 100% who you are and putting everything out there. Allowing yourself to get hurt. It's not that we're not scared, we are, but we don't care. We just continue to create work and hope something resonates.

Marketing student with a focus in visual marketing with a addiction to coffee.

11 comments:

  1. great post dear,for sure for one to grow must put his/her work out there to be seen
    I enjoyed reading this post
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  2. This is just like my blogging experience that i got goin on right now because basically im not much of a blogger i started last year and everyone kept saying why do you have a blog its not like other blogs i see, etc etc i felt terrible so i stopped and began again last week and im going to show the world that my blogging skills is not there yet but its coming :) i like this post ♥

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  3. i used to take photos constantly but kind of fell out of it, i still take quite a few but i'd love to get back into it! yours look amazing from what i can see :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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  4. I'm going to a photography high school and I love it when I see photography bloggers!
    Photography is the most amazing thing EVER :)
    Where are you from?


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  5. I like your photography, the look like moments of life captured (:

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  6. create is the best part of out life, I think
    also be scared and get hurt is part of our life
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  7. create is the best part of out life, I think
    also be scared and get hurt is part of our life
    great post .....kisses
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  8. create is the best part of out life, I think
    also be scared and get hurt is part of our life
    great post .....kisses
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  11. Great post, I love creativity, I go through phases of it, painting, drawing card making, cake decoration, blogging and now I have started enjoying photography too (as it is a vital part of blogging). And I totally second you on that, that you cannot grow until you put yourself out there.
    Loved reading the post.

    Sam || Beautydetour

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