Blog #121 What’s You’re Self Improvement Strategy?
Do you consider yourself a lifetime learner, a perpetual student? I most certainly do. I never really left school. I work in an international school, teach classes to a wide range of learners including young children and adults, in many subjects including photography. My home away from home is the classroom so to speak. I enjoy the learning process about as must as the teaching process. Through teaching, we learn.
I’m typing this week’s blog entry on a late summer, warm but rainy first of September. I’ve got that Back to School feeling once again. There’s an air of possible and of course that new backpack and shoes always makes you feel ready for anything.
It’s always good to look ahead and to reflect on current strategies and work. After a lot of travel and holiday images making over the summer, it’s time for a change. What am I doing to improve my work? Is it working? Do I need to make a change? These are the self-reflective questions I ask myself around this time of year in an effort to push forward. Given the pace of life these days it can be a bit overwhelming to say the least to stop and focus on photography even it’s your full time gig.
I’m a part-time professional photographer. I work when I get gigs and when it works for me. I shoot almost everyday and continue to work on personal projects regularly. How to fit in those artistic “reps” into my creative diet can be a challenge.
After all, luck favours the prepared said Edna Mode from The Incredibles. Are you reading photography books and blogs? Going to exhibits? Museums? Working on your Project 365, Project 52, or other personal projects? Are you joining Meetups or local Photo Walks? How about joining local professional or hobbyist photography groups or finding an apprenticeship with a professional photographer?
There is a myriad of activities at our finger tips these days. Take a class. Take a workshop. Work on your skills, shoot a lot, share, seek critique. You must work on your craft to move forward. You move one step at a time, but you can only get better.
The light is always right.
*Images: © Jeremy H. Greenberg
Where: Tai Kwun Contemporary Art Space
Subject: Tai Kwun Contemporary Art Space
Gear: Nikon F100 + Nikkor 24-85mm Zoom Lens + Agfa Vista Plus 400 Color 35mm film