A Series of Misunderstandings:  Failure
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”- Winston Churchill
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading, watching and looking through a lot of photography material. And for some reason, this one word always seems to come up, probably because in mine and in anyone’s experience with photography, it always will comes up.
And that one word is failure.
Usually this word has anything but a positive connotation. Until now I thought failure was an entirely bad thing. Thankfully, I’m coming to realize that failure can be the best thing that can happen to you, because the only way you can really expose your weaknesses and find out how to do what you’re doing better, is to fail. To fail and to learn how to do it better next time.
And honestly, there are plenty of things I’m afraid of failing at in photography. One in particular thing I’d love to do is organize a photo shoot complete with big bright lights, crazy outfits and rather vogue model. Unfortunately, I have not had the resources to create something so extravagant and wonderful. But I hope someday soon I can accomplish this goal of mine and learn from any failures I experience!
I thought it would probably be a good idea to get a basic idea of how to put this dream together. SO, I just enrolled in the FREE online course through CreativeLIVE called Anatomy of a Photoshoot with Mark Wallace. If, say, you were to go to this class in person it would cost around 100 big ones. But, it’s free when you watch it live online. I’m so excited to learn the basics of such a fun process! You should check it out. It’s August 26th-28th.
Cannot wait to learn something new!
Just thought I’d leave you with a few things I’ve found on failing…good to know even the best of us fail!
- Jasmine Star on Twit Photo: talking about failure, her story and photography advice
- Mark Wallace talking about his upcoming workshop
- Alex Beadon’s post Failure: A lesson learned
So here’s to failure, if it means something great can come from simply trying.