Shot with Nikon D7100 + 35mm 1.4 Sigma Art Lens (f/1.8 ISO 400 1/80 + natural light)
For my second photo in my "Self" series, I decided to focus on my hands. Using chalk as the medium for color, I ground up the pieces and made a paste out of it. I was trying to think of a way to express my creativity and felt as though my hands should be the focus, since they are what makes the magic happen on the camera. I think it was about a year ago that I decided that I had a creative mind. I resisted the idea for so long, and now I'm not sure why I did. I have always complained about living in Baton Rouge. I say there is nothing to do here, everything is old news, and that I have no outlet like I would if I lived in an area with mountains. Well, it is officially time for me to eat my words. I have the most amazing creative outlet in the world. Photography allows me to express myself in ways that words cannot, and for that I am so grateful.
Pursuing something in the creative field is absolutely terrifying. TERRIFYING. You constantly question everything that you do and compare your work to other people's. What if no one else thinks it's good? What if people make negative comments on my picture? Are people making fun of my art behind my back? Questions like these constantly make their way into the back of my mind. I don't think that feeling will ever go away either. When you are feeling this way, use it as motivation to learn more and become better, but also trust your gut. While one person may have a million critiques for your photo, that very same photo may resonate with someone else. I encourage all of you to step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there for other people to see. If you think about it, the only two possibilities are that people don't like it, or they love it. Either way, they're talking about you. Use it as an opportunity to improve your body of work.