How high of a standard do you hold yourself to?
I am too often a pursuer of absolute perfection – refusing to accept anything less creates an extraordinary amount of pressure, not to mention a whole bevy of excuses as to why nothing at all gets done (thus leaving me stalled and frustrated.)
Well, if I had this camera which is way nicer/more expensive. But I never learned how to do that. But last time it didn’t work out how I wanted.
You probably know the drill.
I loved this post by Natalie Norton on Digital Photography School and her carefree attitude towards photography – she is willing to sacrifice technique for an image that speaks to her heart – and I am really inspired by her results.
While YES, YES, YES, I absolutely do believe that knowledge is good and vastly desirable, it can also be limiting. It can dam up our creativity. It can thwart our inherent confidence and impede our overall competence. – Natalie Norton
We all have to start somewhere, and obviously, we should always desire to improve and learn. But it seems there is a balance: the desire for perfection should never paralyze us from creating in the first place!
I’d rather be making art that impacts and means something than art that is technically and skillfully perfect in every way.
If you’re interested, read the full post, then let me know what you think – has the need for perfection ever held you back from doing something you love?