A lot of my friends ask me why I work all the time, whether it is me actually working, going out to shoot for fun, sitting at my computer editing, or just looking through photography stuff and staying up to date with things. I have to say that I didn't actually notice how much time I was spending doing all of this until Sunday when I was sitting at my computer going through images from New York and started to get a bit irritated because the pictures didn't "meet my standards." Now, all of these pictures came out great and they were all photos I liked, but for me to actually use an image or share it, there has to be something special about it. So right here, I realized I drove out to New York to shoot, paid to get up to the top of the Rockefeller for sunset, waited up there for two hours in 30 degree weather to take the photo I wanted. What's funny is the photo I had in mind was nothing like the photo I actually really liked. In the end, cold as hell, I got the shots I wanted, grabbed a bite in the city and began my journey home. I went straight to my computer, uploaded my images and went through them for about another two or three hours. I realized how often I do things similar to this just for the sake of getting a photo. A drive hours away to shoot a photo I want, to go back home to the computer and put more time into it.... all so I can create an image.
So do I "work" too much? No. Because I am not working, I am doing something I truly enjoy. If I didn't enjoy doing all this stuff, then why would I put so much of my time into it? I was watching "Abstract" on Netflix the other day with a friend of mine and in the very first episode, the artist mentioned that you cannot get better at what you do unless you consistently practice it. This was something I really believe in and I'm sure I've said it before, practice is one of the most important things because the more you do it, the better you can be. If you do not believe in that concept, then I encourage you to try it, find something you love and do it day after day. One year down the road, turn around and look back on what you've learned and I guarantee you will be shocked to see how far you have come along. It was amazing to see how much the artist had achieved throughout his career just from working so hard at it again and again. We can create all the content we want, whether it's for work, practice or fun, not all of it will be shown or looked at ever again, but it does exist. All of that "work" we did helps us push ourselves forward for the actual work that we do or the personal work we take risks making. For some people work is only 9-5 Monday through Friday; for others, it is never ending.