Maybe you’ve heard some versions of these cynical statements spoken by people posing as artists.
“Nothing is original.” That’s the worst excuse to hide in your shell and never see or do anything at all. I’ve seen this wielded as a weapon to inhibit exploration and experimentation. If this was a law there’d be no Sistine Chapel ceiling murals because Michelangelo didn’t invent the fresco.
“Everything has been done before.” That may be true, but everybody is entitled to their turn. Humans live and grow in ways that echo their ancestors. Don’t feel restrained by history. Instead, make your own.
“I could have done that but it was too obvious.” Looking into the sun as it sets on the sea might be the most obvious picture an amateur photographer can take. But you can’t be an artist and you certainly can’t be a pro if you don’t hold on to your amateur self.
The next time you find yourself staring into an obvious scene that moves you, don’t hesitate.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.