On passion, and why you must suffer to succeed in photography

Passion, it turns out, comes from the Latin pati — or that which must be endured, suffered or experienced.

In modern usage, the word has rosier connotations. To discover one’s passion is the crème de la crème of life goals.

But what does it mean to be passionate about photography?

What sort of characteristics should the passionate photographer have?

Passion, as we’ll discover, is a journey of hard graft.

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Why ignoring our inner child is risky, and how we can rediscover our sense of wonder to become better photographers

The vast majority of us will never make money from our photography.

Photography will, for the most part, be a hobby or passionate interest that we perform for the fun of it.

But sometimes photography isn’t so fun.

We compare ourselves to others. We become dejected when we don’t meet our very high expectations.

We are set in our ways and resistant to change, no matter how beneficial change might be.

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On intuition, and the courage to be an expressive and creative photographer

Dogs always seem to know when it is dinner time, despite the fact that they don’t wear watches.

So how do they do it?

Perhaps they recognise the sound of a family member’s car in the evening or the way that their master smells after a long day at the office.

Or maybe it is as simple as golden evening light or their increasingly vocal stomachs.

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How to look within and actually find your photographic style

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This quote by Sommer is one of my favourites. 

Eloquent, insightful and answering some complex questions with a relatively simple answer.

First, let’s start with the questions.

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On Taoism, and becoming a wise photographer with purpose

Taoism is an ancient Chinese philosophical tradition that has existed since the 5th century BCE.

It is a combination of spiritual healing, meditation and traditional Chinese medicine that attempts to answer some of our deepest existential questions.

Why are we here? What is our purpose? Taoist scribes found that these questions could begin to be answered by observing the natural world.

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