What Are You Afraid Of? By Brad Barton, M.Photog.Cr
“Creativity is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Years ago, I went to dinner during our Texas State Convention with a group of friends after print competition concluded. I had admired all the hanging images for a couple years, but had convinced myself no one would be interested in seeing what I did. At the time, I was primarily doing actor headshots, but I also was co-producing a local haunted house and creating promotional images. I joked with a friend, a recent Master of Photography recipient, that I wanted to enter a certain image from the haunted house just to be in the room when it turned so I could see the judge's reaction. He took a look at the image and said, "Actually, you should enter that. I think it would merit." With some additional encouragement, I entered my next state competition and every state, district, and national event since.
Over the years, I have encouraged others to follow my example, put aside their fears, and embrace the process. These are some of the more common excuses I have encountered.