Passion

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Wind-Gnarled Trees Along the Shoreline of San Francisco’s East Bay, Alameda, California

Wind-Gnarled Trees Along the Shoreline of San Francisco’s East Bay, Alameda, California

Passion is what makes a photographer stand for hours consumed by their work in what most people would consider bad weather. Passion is sacrificing your social life because you would rather be pursuing your art. Passion gets you out of bed at 3:30 a.m. while everyone else is asleep. Passion doesn’t operate from 9 to 5; only jobs do. Passion is eating at odd hours because it interferes with the light. Passion consumes your thoughts day and night. Passion can’t be taught. Passion can’t be bought. Passion is not making excuses to get out of pursuing your passion. Passion is creating for the sake of creating. Life without passion is unthinkable.

Knowledge without passion is wasted talent.

Sunset Along the Shoreline of San Francisco's East Bay, Alameda, California

Sunset Along the Shoreline of San Francisco’s East Bay, Alameda, California

A special thanks goes out to Tony Kuyper for providing me with a recent update of his acclaimed, TKActions Panel for Photoshop. His tools have enabled me to bring the images in my mind to life.

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    • Thanks Greg. Passions ebb and flow for various reasons. If it’s there follow it. If not then time to move on. But there are plenty of parents who still manage to pursue their art. Difficult I’m sure but not impossible.

  1. Well said Richard. I agree 100%. Although my live has ebbed & flowed with different responsibilities, I’ve always made time for my photography passion. Am I exhausted at times? Yep. Am I running like a chicken with my head cut off at times? Yep. Is it worth it? Yep. Nothing beats the moment when you click the shutter and know you’ve nailed it – it puts all those other stresses to bed.
    By the way, great sunset shot!

    • Thanks Mike. Yeah totally. To me, landscape photography is like going to the gym. We do this stuff to take care of ourselves even if it means squeezing it in here and there. Sleep can come another day.

      But I also get that sometimes your heart is not in it anymore for whatever reason. Music used to be my photography for much of my younger years but now I can’t even pick up a horn anymore because the passion is gone. I can still play for a few minutes at a time but I just don’t feel the burn anymore.

  2. Don’t worry, Richard. The Millionaire Next Door, based on research, said your chances of becoming a millionaire INCREASE significantly if you are married, versus single, and increase still more if you have children, believe it or not. Not that this has anything to do with passion, necessarily, but there probably are parallels, even if success in photography is not always measured by wealth. If you are married with children, it seems to me you have even more reason to get up earlier and work harder. I’ve never had children of my own, but most people around me do. My last girlfriend had two and I got a small taste of the time conflicts that arise from having a family. In my opinion, based on limited experience, there’s a principle that applies: if you want something done, ask a busy person. I found while I had a family for a while there that I somehow still found time to do what I considered important. Regardless, as far as I’m concerned, if I’m not passionate about it, I don’t see how it is worth doing at all, family or not, money or not. Also, along the lines of what you say above, if you don’t get swept away and caught up in your photography, maybe you’re better off doing something else, even for a hobby, let alone for a living.

    • I wonder about that because in marketing circles “DINK’s” are thought of to have the most disposable household income but I get your point. I’ve heard from some who have kids that they had no motivation or didn’t have purpose in life before children. Luckily I’m not wired that way but I guess things could only get better for me when I have kids. 🙂

      I agree that there is no point to half-assing or going through the motions. Either do it with passion or find something else to do. A number of years ago I was doing off and on temp work to help pay the bills- the most mindless type of work like data entry yet I found a way motivate myself. There were five of us that started together and by the time I left, there were just two of us remaining because the company let the other three go for not being productive enough. I was getting comments from my colleagues asking why I had to type so fast because it made them look bad. One guy even told me his strategy was to take it easy and just do barely enough to stay employed. His lazy attitude ticked me off so I typed even faster the next day. What motivated me was that I was interested in competing against myself and see how productive I could be if I really focused on it.

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