I had the weirdest day today. Via the comments on another amazing photographer friend’s shared post, I had the most brief of interactions with Kirsty Mitchell. Yes, the Kirsty Mitchell. Wonderland Kirsty Mitchell…
Being a photographer gives you the privilege to hold some of the most modern and expensive equipment around in your own hands often! Unfortunately the only problem with this is holding and handling these camera’s and their accompanying lenses for hours on end with little breaks in between.
This results in many different issues such as acute and chronic injuries, and could not only leave you with tremendous pain but also not being able to continue your work at hand.
Warning: this article contains opinionated and philosophical content.
OK, so a little while ago I read this article about how a different set of lifestyle circumstances changed the way the photographer experienced her photography. That got me thinking about my journey, and how, for me, it was the other way around. Yes, sure, life taught me a lot in photography, but photography gave me a whole different perspective on life, too.
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Some of you have known me (Grethe) for much longer than others and may know that photography hasn’t always been an easy journey for me. Some of you, on the other hand, may feel like you cannot relate to my work because you all you ever see is me posting images that are the result of ten years of continuous hard work.
But, this post is not about me. This post about the things I’ve learned that’s helped me along the way – things I want to share with all of you, as well as some things that some of the ladies in our group have found useful and inspiring. So go get some coffee, this is going to be a long-ass post! ♥♥♥
This is based on something similar I wrote on my DeviantArt page a few years ago and it resonated with a lot of people. Needless to say, my experiences since then have caused the list to change, but the gist is well and truly the same.