So, you want to improve your photography, do you? Well, I say all you need to do is just act more like a goose! Think I’ve completely lost my mind? Well, I haven’t (at least not yet!).
Don’t believe me? Just hear me out on this one!
The Goose Mentality
I’m sure we’ve all been there. You’re in your car, driving along and the next thing you know there’s a goose right there in the middle of the road.
You try to wait it out. Nothing.
You attempt to go around, only to find that the goose blocks your new path and refuses to move. Honking fails to scare it away. There you are, completely trapped by a common waterfowl.
Why? Because geese just don’t give a shit. In other words, geese are honey badger when it comes to your problems!
Using the Goose Mentality in Your Photography
Okay, so right about now you’re probably asking yourself how any of this applies to you or your photography. The idea is actually quite simple: be more like a goose and stop caring what everyone else thinks.
Everyone gets something different out of photography. On the same note, everyone interprets a given photograph in a different way. This means that it’s impossible to shoot for everyone. You will always have critics!
In this modern day and age of Instagram and Facebook, you’re even more likely to receive negative criticism for your work. It can often times seem like there are far more negative things being said about your work than there are positives. This can be quite discouraging and cause one to start looking for ways to please their critics.
Here’s the problem with this: make changes that please those critics and you’ll just find a whole new batch of criticism. It’s a never-ending cycle.
Why? Well, because everyone’s different. You can’t please everyone, so stop trying!
Just shoot what you want the way you want. This isn’t to say all criticism is bad. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Do listen to the criticism and consider it; just don’t change to try and please everyone.
Stop caring about the criticism and letting it bog down your creative process. Just be more like a goose!