I have a confession to make. Today I totally suffered an episode of brain freeze.
Recently, I set myself the challenge of writing a blog post at least 3 times a week. Knowing how my work schedule usually pans out, I committed to blogging mostly Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Today though, I just wasn’t feeling it.
Even though I have massively rich resources at my disposal, like this Blogging 101 Cheat Sheet, I just have not been able to get focused enough to think up a compelling blog post for today.
So what I did instead, was look through the Instagram photos I took over the weekend. I decided I’d share this one.
What made this image and sentiment resonate with me is a recent incident I saw online involving one of my most favourite photographers, Sue Bryce. Sue posted on her Facebook profile over the weekend about a photographer in the UK, who was passing off her photos as his own on his website, Facebook page and YouTube video.
Completely ridiculous of course, that he thought he could get away with such blatant theft and copyright infringement. Just a testament to the beautiful work of Sue Bryce.
My point is though, as photographers we have a tendency to check out what other photographers are up to. Check out their work, their websites and ultimately undermining our own style and online presence. Comparing our work and envying them their successes.
I realised a while back though, that there will ALWAYS be others out there, whether you’re a photographer or in any other line of work, who are better than you, more connected than you and busier than you. But what I remind myself is that the 1 thing that makes my work unique is ME.
In the words of Dr Suess ~
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
So I hope that photo stealing photographer and the rest of us are able to embrace that we are each unique, 1 in 7 billion, in fact. There is no one else out there exactly like you. You should embrace that and use it to your advantage in everything you do. That’s what makes you special and everything you do, unique.