I read a rather disturbing post recently that got me thinking about the whole process of creativity, art and social media. It got me thinking about why I chose to post my photos. For me, it’s a way to discipline myself, to practice my art every day and also to reflect back to hopefully see ways in which I may be improving artistically. I’ve also found this to be a very nice, supportive community of artists and I’m so thankful for that and for all the inspiration I find here every day.
Art is so subjective. When we start comparing our work to others, how many “likes” we have received or comments, or how many of our images have been posted on Flickr’s Explore, then I think we are traveling down a destructive road.
First and foremost, as Steven Pressfield has said “We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.” I do believe that creating art is not for the purpose of outdoing others, it’s a process that we should enjoy for ourselves first and foremost.
Whether we come here everyday, every week, or every month, we are all exercising our own unique creativity.
As a good friend and fellow photographer once wrote, “Without the showing up..the discipline..the practice – there is no art.”
And that should be enough.
*quote from Marcie Scudder http://www.marciescudderphotography.com/