INSPIRING or DEMOBILISING?
Tom Putt - July 2020
INSPIRING or DEMORALISING?
Is looking at other photographer's work a good thing?
I guess it depends on whether you find it motivating or not.
I stopped looking at other photographers social media accounts a little while back. Not only would it take me forever to look through my feeds, but then I found I was wanting to shoot what they had, which was impossible and completely demoralising for me.
I want to go everywhere and have a library of images that has the best of everything I see. Then I get down on myself for not having the time and resources to achieve that.
But worse than that, I start comparing my work to others and questioning my skills as an image maker. Is my work as good as theirs? Why do I bother?