The comments from my last post about Photographic Angst were so darn good that I've decided to pull some of my favorite quotes. Hard to believe someone actually considers Lost In Focus photographers and visitors to be snobs. The comments I received were exactly what I would expect from people who are passionate about photography, yet completely clear about our place in the craft. Here's what you had to say:
I do strive to create significant work - I don't think there's anything wrong with that. By "significant" I mean good, interesting, high-quality. What's wrong with that?
...if one was complacent they would never progress and become even better. I also don't think it's wrong to expect "significant" work from yourself. The key, my friend, is finding work that is significant in your own eyes.
I'm not sure I agree with the assessment that the internet has caused new photographers to think that they need to always produce significant work...Any pressure one feels is, I think, self-imposed and not an intrinsic quality of the digital/internet photography community.
Kal (himself and quoting others)
...much of that self-imposed pressure may create angst, it is driven less by our need to create significant work as measured by our own standards, but by those of others..."photographs are the dead leaves of life"...after I am gone, they will tell my story.
You should be driven by the need to produce original work because you have a unique vision...Great photographs don’t come by that often you’ve just got to be ready when they do.
I consider myself lucky to have found a group of photographers so diverse, yet so passionate about photography. Better yet...everyone has opinions! Let me finish with what was my favorite comment from the post. It is something that I think captures the spirit of the photographers and visitors to Lost In Focus:
Do I think I need more by way of experimentation, etc? hell yeah!
Do I think I need to improve in 100's of ways? um, duh .. of course!
Do I think I own the visual world? are you kidding? it's got my name all over it ;)