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Fortitude in Solitude

Being a photographer is quite easy, you get a big black camera and call yourself one. Then you gen a Facebook page, an Instagram account and post your “work”. If you’re popular or charismatic you’ll get lots and lots of feedback and appreciations and the quality of your work has nothing to do with it.

Oh, this does not sound quite right, let’s watch this from a different angle:

If you’re not (charismatic), you’ll get some feedback but you will  still wonder why your friends cat or child photographed with a phone gets more likes that the shots you worked hard for, the one you think (and you might be terribly wrong) speak volumes in terms of emotions, message, theme…

Then you get stuck, full of questions and doubt, struggling to move forward without really knowing if you’re any good, if you’re on the right path or way into the deep woods of bad photography..

Sometimes luck strikes and a kind stranger offers you feedback and brightens your day. This is what happened to me when out of the blue a photographer I appreciate a lot offered me a different interpretation of a photo I posted and more importantly, precious objective and kind feedback. A few words and signs of support can make such a huge difference, give you so much courage for what’s to come.

The lack of it kills inspiration, makes you anxious and doomed to fail. Isn’t it strange, to find such power in a few words or the lack of them? Isn’t it great to know that a thing you once said or did helped someone be a better version of himself as a person, photographer or whatever?

This is the shot that helped me get my courage back. It’s called “Fortitude in Solitude” and it makes me think of things that will be and although it’s b&w for me it will always represent hope, progress and all the things that make you smile all by yourself.


Thank you all for stopping by and please, never hesitate to share your thoughts. They are and always will be deeply needed and appreciated.


One Response

  1. I love this shot. And the fact that it’s monochrome makes it all the more powerful. Beautiful. Intense.


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