I recently took a parenting class and one of the main things I learned about was letting go. Letting go of control of your kids’ behavior and letting go of your anger over your kids’ behavior. It has helped make my experience being around a 2 and a 5 year old a much happier one.
I have also been showing more of my personal photography. Getting it out there for others to see and comment on. I am showing it at the Center for Spiritual Living in San Juan.
This process is so important. Most of the time I keep it all cooped up inside the slide box or the backup drive and judge it, then don’t show it to anyone.
Too much editing.
In the process of showing, I have learned what I like and what I don’t like about the direction of some of my images.
I learned that I need to let go in my photography too.
I have always struggled with this. In my life drawing class, I had a hard time loosening up. The instructor really worked with me on it. As soon as I was out of his class I tightened right up again-like a draftsperson.
So, I am giving myself ‘self-assignments’ to work on letting go. Letting go of the perfectly focused, exposed and composed. Letting go of the need to control every detail in every corner of every shot. Letting go of perfection and allowing the feeling of what’s in front of me tell me the story (just like parenting my own 2 kids).