Your portfolio doesn’t matter. What does matter is making pictures. Like James Starks when he says, “I play this game for the fun of it,” release yourself from the little coach, teacher, or manager in the back of your mind that tells you to worry. There are enough anal people in the world already.
When you take pictures, be there. Enjoy it.
You are the circus coming to town. The act of photography moves people. You are looking at them, really seeing them, in a way that no human might ever do again. Respect and honour that exchange. This doesn’t have anything to do with a camera. It has everything to do with intention and attention. Be clear in both.
Photography can be a release, for you and for your subject. If you are moved to take a picture, do it. Don’t worry about your portfolio, the project you’re working on, or anything else. When the spirit moves you, when you see someone or something that turns you on, get closer. Enjoy your life, enjoy sharing life with others, and take pictures along the way.
Worry about your portfolio later.
this post was originally published at Being There by Jackson Couse