I often "sit" on photos I've created for a long time. (Of course not literally, that would be weird.) There are many reasons for this. But one of them is it's like I have to convince myself that other people will like something I really like. I know that's the wrong attitude to have, because 1) everyone can't like everything I create, and 2) it shouldn't matter.
So this image, which I titled "Into the Morning Mist" was delayed for the reason above, plus I'm often too emotionally caught up in some images, so I need to give them space to stand on their own two feet, so to speak. (And I forget about them, too. Out of sight....) This image was taken on vacation in New Zealand almost a year ago. It's originally a color film photograph, but I feel the mood is better translated in b&w. I decided this afternoon that I like it, I liked it 10 months ago, and it doesn't matter if others don't. I'm getting out of the way of my own creativity.
"Get out of your way and just create."
I was listening to a photography podcast recently put on by Justin Balog and Armando Martinez of The Photo Frontier (a great photographic community, by the way), and Armando said that get out of your way quote. It really resonated with me, because I know I overthink some things when it comes to choosing what photographs I put out into the world, like will people think this is weird, or awful, or not pretty like my usual nature photography, or not like it because it's in black and white, or <insert your favorite excuse here>. But I really have to listen to the advice I'd give someone else if they were expressing these thoughts to me — f*&^ it, cause you can't please everyone.
This same struggle must happen with writers, painters, sculptors, really anyone who creates something, hobbyists and professionals alike. I can't be alone in this, right?