If my images can make people feel or care more about the nature of this world, then I believe that I have done my part. There is a much deeper sense of fulfillment knowing that an image has given not just jobs to the locals but also given them and the people that visit the destination, creatures or product an idea that it has to be both supported and conserved in the best possible way. The facade of success and glamour in photography is something that the photographer themselves have to renounce, understanding that the job is to primarily preserve in an artists’ view point and to not let the flame of passion snuff out. Although many would disagree with me, but whether they like it or not, photography is hard work.
Many believe that being behind the lens 24/7 gives you chances to rub elbows with models, take photos of breath taking landscapes, nail that one in a lifetime shot of an animal in the wild or perfectly get that lighting you’ve wanted for your subject. The reality however is the opposite, photography is a challenge, and like any other craft or career it is like a plant that needs to be showered daily. You need to be sharp, focus on the ambition and on the grind. My mentor once told me that to be able to last long in photography and to be successful, one must learn to balance both the business side and the shooting side. It is hard to maintain a sane mind when you’re already piled up with all the pressures of work and other sources, but you just got to tough it out. It has been used over and over again, but let me say it again: “there is no easy way to success”.
Success however is not final; it must be day in and day out. During days when the world hates you the most and during the days when everything seems to be in their place, success must be earned. You have to compassionate about yourself, there will be no one else harder on yourself than you. Remind yourself that it may not be easy; you have to treat yourself with respect and compassion. Failures, mistakes, and challenges exist, but you can’t just mope around and beat yourself over it. You can use that energy in more productive ways. We should all remember that once we’ve taken up photography, we must create a meaningful life despite all the hardships that we may encounter.