Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What Is Holding You Back?

Wired Ears - Tehachapi, California
"The only thing that holds any artist back is the critic in their head and negativity." --Nikki Sixx
I came across the above quote today and thought I'd pass it along. What you most likely know is that Nikki Sixx is the bass guitarist for the rock band Montly Crue. What you might not know is that he is a more talented photographer than musician.

Here is a related quote worth mentioning:
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." --Albert Einstein
How are these two quotes related? They both are about barriers. They both say that what holds a person back is their own mind. You are holding yourself back from creating what you want to create.
Inorganic Boy - Palmdale, California
Let's take a closer look at Sixx's quote. He says that the only thing (not one of many things, but the only thing) that holds the artist back is the critic in their head and negativity. Note that it is both self-criticism and negativity together that holds one back. It is not negativity alone and it is not self-criticism alone, but both working together. This tells us that self-criticizing can be good at times and that pessimism can be good at times, but never are they good at the same time.

A closer look at Einstein's quote reveals that reality is whatever you make it. If the reality you see in your own photographs isn't what you want it to be, then change it. Only you can make it what you want to make it. You are your own barrier.
Wood Tear - Tehachapi, California
It may not be easy. It may take much effort. It may take many failures. But you can be the artist that you wish to be.

With this knowledge you can forge ahead with your photography. You can tear down the barriers that are holding you back. You can create the art that you want to create. 

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