Vulnerability and Shame Lead to Success?

March 17, 2012  •  2 Comments

cluster of crocusesstriped crocus I try to shoot images without expectation because I know that every time I shoot something I am still learning. It took years to become comfortable with that notion. I fail a lot. In fact, I'm surprised every single time someone tells me they like a photo I took. Really. Surprised. I like posting new photos on my Facebook page, even when I think they're a failure, because I want to see how other people see them.

Lately I haven't had much opportunity to take photos. We've had so much rain that I find myself sneaking in five minutes here and there when there's a break in the clouds. I'm not particularly happy with anything I've gotten lately, but I try to just keep doing it because it makes me feel like I'm making some progress, even when the results are less than stellar.

A friend pointed me to this TED talk today, just as I was looking through the images I shot yesterday and debating whether or not to bother posting any. The timing could not have been better.

 

I had already seen her talk on vulnerability, which is a must-see for anyone who is trying to express their own creativity, but I rewatched it to remind myself of her message:

In the interest of allowing myself to be vulnerable, here are some images I shot yesterday. I think the clematis on the left is boring. The crocus in the middle is okay to me, but I see what I could have done better. The tiny daffodils on the right are just not good. I just couldn't find a way to capture their "springiness."  Where do you allow yourself to be vulnerable?

clematis budclematis crocusWhite Crocus 1 tiny daffodiltinydaf

 


Comments

Crowell Photography,LLC
I agree, Christine. Letting other people comment on your stuff is very vulnerable! Studies have shown that a diversity of opinions actually leads to better, more creative solutions. I'm not sure if that's true for personal artwork or not, but it is true that sometimes people will make a comment that triggers an idea you just have to pursue.
Christine(non-registered)
I love all three of these photos! They are exquisite. As an artist, where I allow myself to be vulnerable is in allowing others to view my 'less than perfect' work and then listening to their perceptions of it. I am not always the best judge of my own 'stuff''. I can determine what is great according to my own values, but there is room in the world for many sets of values, different from mine. Allowing other people in and then allowing myself to view my work through their "lens" has expanded my notion of what in my own work is beautiful and good! :-) I love your work... I love your blog... and I love your vulnerability and risk taking! Bravo! More, more, more....
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