Daily Post – Impostor Syndrome Being yourself behind the lens

 “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”   ― Ansel Adams

Picking up a camera and taking a photograph involves more than “technical” knowhow. It is in essence a total immersion of yourself into a unique experience that you personally define as being worthy of recording for posterity sake.

When you remove your lens cover, focus on your particular subject matter, compose the scene in your camera’s viewfinder and finally press the shutter button you are also exposing  yourself to the many external elements that inspired you to capture the situation, location or event forever in your lens.

Your subjective interpretation of the event reveals the way you felt about a certain situation. Your creative imagination helped you to pick up the camera and bring to visual fruition something that mattered to you personally.

Of course you can feign your reasons for taking certain shots but if you do then you miss out on the unique opportunity to experiencing life as it is happening. Being an on-the-spot photographer changes you as a person.

When I worked for a small community newspaper I was summoned to the scene of a small plane crash. All the crew and passengers were killed on impact. Corpses were scattered around the crash site and police and fire rescue personnel were attempting to remove the bodies from the scene and restrict curiosity seekers from venturing onto the site.

When you enter a scene such as this you are affected as a person. The incident becomes real and you become an active and participating member of the event. Your thoughts and emotions are changed forever. As you peer through the lens your own humanity and empathy for the loved ones who have lost family members starts back at you.

People who have not experienced enough of life and decry your creative efforts reveal their shallow sides. Creativity and communication involves personal growth and adaptation.

Many bloggers on this W P site refrain from submitting their photos, poetry or prose because they wrongly believe that others will label them as being phony or impostors. This is merely a matter of “sticks and stones.”

Be true to yourself and don’t worry about labels that many folks carelessly toss this way and that. Enjoy the fact that you are insightful enough to observe a moment that you consider valuable to you and that you wish to share with the world. That is how the human race progresses.


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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

12 Comments on Daily Post – Impostor Syndrome Being yourself behind the lens

  1. So beautiful put into words. Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Lovely piece of writing. “Being an on-the-spot photographer changes you as a person.” That is so true. When we learn to know our camera and know how it operates, rarely do we think about the technical aspects of it. Our focus is on the world in front of us, discovering and experiencing the stories happening around us in real time – and capturing that to share with the rest of the world.

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    • Thank you Mabel for your comments. Whenever we point our lens at something ( an object, event, person, social situation) we become an interacting part of the scenario. No matter how much you as a photographer try to adapt a clinical approach to picture taking the scenario itself will have an effect or you. The camera lens views the world objectively. The person holding the camera necessarily sees the world in a totally subjective manner. Whenever we allow our emotional and creative sides free to explore pictorial situations we also allow a portion of our humanity to add its own silent narrative to the total picture.

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  3. I really appreciate your point of view on this one and agree with you 100%…Thanks for making it so clear.

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  4. Gerry, What a wonderful, open, honest and also informative post! I think this is my favourite of all of your posts. Out standing! 🙂


  5. Reblogged this on Surprising lives and commented:
    Gerry and I have been following each other for some time and in that time Gerry has always been a great help and support to me. This time I am thrilled to share a wonderful post from his blog Your Nibbled News.

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  6. Exceptionally said.

    My photography is done as hobby, but has reached point where I can’t leave the house without the camera with me. It is a very encompassing experience and the depths of affects keep extending farther and farther.


    • Trust me this is not a compulsive behavior. The camera has become an essential part of our wardrobe. It is a communications tool through which we share our experiences with others. You will begin to view the world in a much more proactive manner attuned to those unique situations that the non photographic person would miss entirely. Thank you for sharing and writing. Enjoy the day.


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