To all the creators out there…this is for you. Whether you are an aspiring photographer, a painter, a writer, a sketch artist, graphic designer. You get the point, that I am sure. It does not matter what it is you create – you do it. For hours on end you stay in one location, waiting for the right moment before pressing down on the shutter release, confident in your ability to perfectly capture the shot. Confidence should flow through you for you are only as good as you think you are. Or at least, that’s what I believe. But the real question that I ask you today is why. Why do you create? What gets you out of bed in the early morning light, before the sun has risen, before the birds have begun searching for the worm. Do you do it for the money it provides? Or for the satisfaction of creating something beautiful? Maybe it is something entirely different. Only you know that for sure.
I create because it is all I know
If you had come up to me when I was a child – and asked me what it was I planned to do with my life – I probably would have given you a few different answers depending on what stage of my life I was at. The first career choice I remember having decided on was to become a videogame creator. Whether I was crafting the levels of the game in which the player must transverse through or I was simply coming up with the ideas, it mattered not to me. Shortly afterwards, I decided I would use my creativity to craft horror stories for everyone to adore (I really love Stephen King and all his work, if you cannot tell). Veterinarian was next but the science aspect of it was far too much for my liking; psychologist followed suite for a bit before I changed my mind yet again in senior year of high school to become an English teacher. Currently, that is the path that I am following as I write this in the campus center of my college. I promise you that it is going to change again by the time the second semester comes around.
But my point of telling you this is not to confuse you from what I was saying earlier. Truth be told, my mind seems to enjoy going off on little tangents while I am writing, forcing me to struggle as I attempt to make sense of it all. What I am trying to say, however, is that I did not know what I wanted out of life when I was younger. Hell, I still don’t know for sure. But what I do know – all that I know – is that I want to create. It is the only thing I know for sure in life. Had I not found photography, had I not begun writing these blogs, I would probably be sitting in my dorm playing videogames right now, wondering why I was not doing something more with my life. I still do that but that’s beside the point.
Photography saved me
We see it plastered all over social media: people love to tell their favorite bands, singers, etc. that they “saved their life.” All the credit is stripped from their own personal strength. To say it disgusts me would be hypocritical of what I am going to say next. If it was not for photography, I would not only be bored out of my mind but I cannot say for certain that I would be alive to write this. Let that sink in for a minute.
Instead of giving credit to my favorite bands, although they helped me find the strength in myself to continue, they did not save me. Photography did. It gave me a reason to live; it showed me why I should continue breathing; it revealed to me my purpose in life. I cannot express how grateful I am for having found this passion.
Most of all, I want to make a difference
When I first began my photography, I was working with hopes of becoming a world-renowned fashion photography. The works of Peter Coulson, John Schell, Ben Sasso, Bleeblu (Mark Del Mar) – they have all inspired me throughout most of my photography career. Even now as I am a landscape photographer, they make me think more about what it is I am creating. But the most influential has been Ben von Wong. Why? Because he does not do work for the money. He does not create elaborate, beautiful pieces of art for the sole purpose of creating. Nor does he create for his own enjoyment or at least that is not at all the main reason. No, he creates in hopes of making a difference in the world.
I have no idea how I am going to do it. I do not know where I will be in five years or what sort of creative passion I will be following. But I do know this…
I want to change the world
One way or another, I want to make a difference in the world with my photography and my writing.
So again, I ask you this, fellow creator:
Why do you create?