I tweeted this quote by Robert H. Schuller one day last week...
"If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been."
Every day I talk to photographers. I read what people post in dozens of forums. I attend every convention I can find the time for and belong to a couple of different photographic groups in the Sarasota/Tampa area. Over and over again I'm finding people with so much potential, who are simply afraid to step outside their comfort zone and share their work.
This isn't a post that's meant to be a criticism, but an encouragement to share your voice.
So many photographers have said to me over the years, "You don't know me, I'm just a little guy..." Well, guess what, we're an industry of thousands of creative artists and even more "little guys". Too many of you think because you're not well known yet, you don't have anything to share. The fun of this blog is being able to share that talent and insight so many of you have.
If you wander through the guest posts on this blog you'll see a lot of photographers who are anything but well known. You'll also see posts by some very recognizable artists. The cool thing is the common denominator, everyone's passion for the craft!
Don't let fear get in the way of sharing your work and ideas. This industry needs each and every one of you and we all have the ability to help each other grow.
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