Copyright Scott Bourne 2002 - All Rights Reserved

Copyright Scott Bourne 2002 - All Rights Reserved

I’ve been doing a great deal of self-reflection lately. I’ve tried to analyze every aspect of my photography. While gear, technique and craft are all things I’m trying to improve, I also realize that my attitude is important.

Here are some steps I am taking to improve my attitude.

a. I am trying not to let my opinion of my circumstances guide my actions. If it’s raining outside, I can either decide the weather is crap or I can decide the weather offers great storm cloud photography options.
b. I am trying to look at my past mistakes to see how I can improve and learn from them rather than lamenting them.
c. I am trying to focus on what’s really important rather than what’s supposed to be urgent.
d. I am trying to challenge my own assumptions about my work and asking if there’s anything I should revisit or revise based on new information, tools or skills.
e. I am trying to ignore any and all echo chambers in the field of photography.
f. I am trying to open my mind and my heart to new ideas.
g. I am trying not to let my emotions get the better of me.

I make no claim at all that I am successful in this endeavor – I only claim that I am trying. Perhaps this sort of self-reflection will help you. I firmly believe that by considering all these things, I’m finding ways to improve my work and to remain excited about all things photographic.

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