The Finding the Light Project will officially continue on in 2016, it’s just too good not to keep it going. I’ve contemplated over and over again how to approach the themes in the new year and I’ve decided that along with basic types of light, I’m going to be throwing a few surprises into the mix as well. Still light related, but with a twist. I’m excited to announce the first theme of the year and very much looking forward to seeing this project continue.
If you’ve ever wondered why I do all of this, and for nothing in return, it’s because I believe in giving back. I believe it’s important to help others, and show others a little bit of your own ways of doing things. Share your ideas, your processes, your thoughts on your own images, as well as on others. I don’t believe that everything you share with other artists should be given only in exchange for money. There is a time and a place for that, and I certainly am not saying it is bad to charge for your time and knowledge, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. It’s ok to just share things with people – tell them a few secrets, but maybe not all of them.
And truthfully, I’m not getting “nothing” in return, because I have this amazing group full of the most talented and grateful people I’ve ever come across on the internet. If you aren’t in it yet, you’re truly missing out. I love this group and what it has become. It is a safe place to share your photos, ask questions and just an all around inspirational place to be. It is a place where we all learn from one another, as equals, no matter how long we’ve been shooting.
I just want you to know that doing this is not a burden to me – it’s harder some months than others, but it’s never a burden. I learn a lot myself when I go to write those blog posts each month and I am so grateful for that. I am learning from myself and from all of you, just the same as you learn from me and others in the group. It’s a win-win whichever way I look at it. I never want to feel like I’ve “made it”, I never want to stop learning.
I hope to encourage you to do the same – give back in some way, whether it’s big or small, it doesn’t matter.
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow