Yesterday while I was at work, I started thinking of my relationship with some of my coworkers. Lots of us have been working together since we were in school learning television production together. I remember the first day of TVPRO, as we called it. Walking into a class of about 20 strangers. A big group of people that I’d work so closely with over the course of a year and a half. Many of whom I still work with today. We all had different backgrounds, different ages, but one thing we all have in common is that we were all motivated to create.
Since we’re all uniquely our own person, I find that sometimes we have disagreements. Of course our styles aren’t all the same, or we have differing ideas or beliefs. But that’s a good thing. Being exposed to these different ideas, even if you may not exactly agree with all of them, lead to growth. You can’t stay cooped up in your shell forever. Having conversations about our different styles lead to new ideas.
It also develops competition, if you’re the competitive type. I find many times, my friends and I will be out shooting something, and they’ll go shoot from an angle or location that I never thought of and their photo will be amazing. So it’ll challenge me to think outside the box and try to find an even better angle or composition! It becomes a game where it’s like we’re trying to outdo each other. But we all end up learning from each other’s techniques and growing in the process.
I know what some of you may be thinking at this point. “I live in the country, nobody is around me for miles.” or “But none of my friends are into photography (or art)”. But you know what? I’m sure if you looked hard enough, there’s somebody you could connect with. You could check out Meetup groups or take an art class at your local community college. Or you can take your search online! The great thing about the internet is that you can connect with other creatives no matter where they live! There are so many online communities for this, from Facebook groups, to Instagram, to Reddit. A place we can all chat and critique and talk shop. A place that we can all challenge each other.
It’s easier than ever to connect with others. Why are there so many of us that are afraid to utilize what we have? Let’s put these tools to use and reach out. Let’s surround ourselves with people and we can all push each other to grow.
And if you’d like to connect with me, feel free to reach out!