In a “Quandary”, a state of perplexity or doubt.
I have been in a sort of quandary as of late. For those who really know me, you’re probably shaking your head and saying, “what else is new”? Ha, Ha, Ha.
Seriously though, I need to get this off my chest.
What am I in a quandary about? Here is my question. Why would a professional (who is intelligent, resourceful, and knowledgeable) NOT do everything in their power to be competitive?
I have had this conversation many times, with different people, and have come to the conclusion, that there are many different types of people. The two I am referring to are these. Those who “do” (backup their words with experience) and those who “talk” (who freely give out advise but don’t speak from experience).
As an artist, a photographer, I study a lot of different approaches to photography and art as a whole. But I don’t get into discussions and or debates over technicalities, of which there are many. ie: HDR (High Dynamic Range), digital vs. analog cameras, color vs. black and white films, the use of Photoshop, what is art and what is not. Geez, the list goes on and on. There are many people who have opinions on all these things, and they don’t have a problem sharing. Some even have the best of intentions. The internet provides such a expansive platform for such folks to have these discussions. I choose not to expend my energy in that fashion.
But what I can’t get over is the number of people who don’t practice what they preach.
I have encountered both types of people, the ones who give freely to others but don’t bother taking their own advise. And the ones who give of themselves, based on their experiences and knowledge. Now you ask, why should this bother me? It really shouldn’t, but in a naive way, it does. I feel as though I am finally taking the blinders off, and seeing people for who they really are. I owe a lot of my artistic growth to artists who back up their words with experience and knowledge. Those are the ones I will take away the most knowledge and respect from. These are the people I will continue to surround myself with. Interestingly, these people thrive on giving to others. How cool is that.
The talkers, the one’s I listened to while wearing blinders, I will leave behind. They had their place, and their purpose.
I WILL keep learning. I WILL continue to share my knowledge and experience with others. NO MORE BLINDERS.