This is why you should just give up and quit photography

Aug 6, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This is why you should just give up and quit photography

Aug 6, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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We all have those nagging doubts when it comes to what we shoot. No matter how good others tell us we are or how amazing they believe our work is, we feel like frauds. We struggle constantly, whether it’s with ideas, budget, time, stress. And when you sit and think about it, there are more reasons to quit than to keep carrying on.

It’s bad enough when other people tell us what we can’t do. When we tell ourselves, it can be truly devastating. It’s a topic explored by Simon Cade in this video. He talks about what he goes through, how he feels, and why he should just quit.

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It does start to make one question just why we do this. And other people questioning what we do, dismissing it or just being trolls certainly doesn’t help.

But I suppose it depends on your motives for creating. When I’m creating for clients, I only need them to be happy. When I’m creating for myself, the only person I need to make happy is myself. And sometimes I fail at that, a we all do.

I used to be afraid of failing. Of letting myself down, not others. Of things not turning out as well as I’d expected. So I’d just not do it. Now, I’m not. Because if it goes badly, or doesn’t turn out great. What does it matter? Nobody ever has to see it. You can’t learn without failing. You can’t try again and improve upon it and get better if you never tried the first time. And, who knows, you might surprise yourself. It might even turn out to be better than you expected.

There’s a lot of work I’ve done in the past I used to hate that I absolutely love now. Not because it’s necessarily good work. But because it shows me how I’ve evolved and how far I’ve come since then. It was a learning experience, and a lot of my earlier work was just to see what would happen if I did this or that. And some of it I just like.

So, go throw some paint. See what happens.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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9 responses to “This is why you should just give up and quit photography”

  1. Kiko Arribasplata Avatar
    Kiko Arribasplata

    Should I quit breathing, eating, thanking a shit…ect? art has no option!

  2. Mark Niebauer Avatar
    Mark Niebauer

    In a world of infinite negative feedback, constant criticism, and only fleeting moments of encouragement, never forget, you don’t have to listen to anyone,“Because in this new world, no one knows anything. The haters, the doubters, are all drinking champagne on the top deck of the Titanic, and we’re the fucking iceberg.

  3. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    dont tell me what i can and cannot do

  4. Kiko Arribasplata Avatar
    Kiko Arribasplata

    Should I quit breathing, eating, taking a shit…ect? artists have no option!

    1. Kiko Arribasplata Avatar
      Kiko Arribasplata

      Did I have to? what I said was a rhetorical question.

  5. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    I think I missed the point…

  6. Farhad Moghadam Avatar
    Farhad Moghadam

    Neverrrr

  7. Apul_MadeeqAoud Avatar
    Apul_MadeeqAoud

    I’ve started to notice a lot of articles lately seemingly without a point. It’s almost like they were excerpted from a larger work or written by a bot that has the linguistics and grammar well characterized but not the flow of logic and overall communicatIon.

    I have one question – what does the content of this article have to do with the title. Is the title basically just click bait? And putting pointless content under it is just a way to fool search engines or content distributors to think there’s useful content under the title because people will actually read it and spend a couple minutes wondering WTF did I just read?

  8. Rich Mack Avatar
    Rich Mack

    Oh please! We go throu’ lfe being told what we can and cannot do, advised on which way to go in every direction…
    I, for one after spending a little fortune am going to advise everyone to ignore the fact we cannot take a decent photo!
    Yes you can. Believe in yourself amd what you are capble of.
    Don’t believe the hype!