Becoming an Artist

by: Andrew Arceri

“Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before), you will, nine times out of ten, become original without having noticed it. " Timothy Keller

 "Lower Manhattan" courtesy Andrew Arceri

"Lower Manhattan" courtesy Andrew Arceri

This quote has resonated with me for some time now. I get caught up in trying to be "different" or "out of the box" in photography that I end up right back where I started and even more restricted creatively than before. I know most of us reading this have fallen into that trap of trying to be more original than the other. In the end, it is about what you are PASSIONATE about and it's about being yourself through your work. If you like to shoot flowers or if nature is your thing than do that with all of your heart. It is not about fitting into the Instagram mold or the VSCO mold but being yourself.

God created us individualistic with our own thoughts desires and understanding of the world. We were not meant to be forced into society's molds. Everyone has a beautiful story to tell in their own way. Try not to get caught up in the trend, but instead get caught up in the the thing that makes you the most fulfilled as an artist. Don't worry if your photography is not getting noticed right away. It is not about that. It is about pursuing your true calling as an artist. To inspire people to better themselves because of your work. It is such an honor to be a photographer. I am so blessed to have gotten into this job and industry of wonderful people. It only gets better folks. Just push passed your insecurities and frustrations and dig deeper into who you were created to be. An artist.