In this modern age of chasing likes, comments and followers it's easy to get caught up in the game of trying to please everyone all of the time. I'll admit to getting a little flutter when a picture is liked and, likewise, feeling a little downhearted at seeing other photographers getting much more attention.
And then I remind myself of the fact that in many instances I made the picture to please myself first and others second. (Even on commercial work I aim to do it my way if possible, or say yes to the project as it holds an interest for me. Otherwise I'm probably the wrong guy for the job). Photography was once a hobby that I enjoyed so much I wanted to do it full time. Keeping that feeling alive is important.
Over the years I've had my work described as brilliant and inventive by some and boring and unoriginal by others. Everyone's opinion seems to differ and I think I'd go nuts if I tried to please them all. About 20 years ago I was told by an editor of a well known magazine that I probably wouldn't make it as a photographer as my personality was too quiet. Hey ho. I took on board his reasons but knew, deep down, I couldn't stop trying. (He did offer me some sound advice though that has helped loads on this journey).
When I look through my work I ask... Did I enjoy taking it, editing it and get satisfaction from the final image? Yes. Brilliant! That's really all that matters. If people want to come along for the ride and show support I am eternally grateful. It all helps to keep me at this and put food on the table. And if my small amounts of likes and comments grow that's also good news, but hopefully it's because you like the end results as much as I do, rather than me seeking out your approval and needing validation.
So, anyhoo, this week I've been lost in more landscapes. I don't know why, but it feels right at the moment. I'm enjoying taking them, working on them and seeing the end results. I've also been playing with the HDR features built into the Affinity Photo editing software.
I hope you enjoy them. (Though if you don't, obviously I'm cool with that too).
A little bit of fun with the liquify tools...