This week on How To Be Social we present a featured writer, Rolando Galvan. Galvan has been creatively photographing for the last year but it’s taken more than talent to get there. In this story “Be your own worst critic, In a healthy way” Galvan explains the perseverance needed to get where he is today.
You have to start somewhere
Since my first photography class in high school, my teacher always told us not to be hard on ourselves. I’m sure many of you have heard the saying “you’re your own worst critic” hundreds of times throughout your career. My initial thought was that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself when looking at my work. But after shooting more, I unconsciously started criticizing everything from major problems to small details. Heck, even now I still say my work is sub-par. But it’s odd, there’s a reason I say that to myself. If there is no limit to my skill and creativity, and I know my work is nowhere near I’m fully satisfied, then why not push myself?
Know you’ll never be perfect
I personally have found this as a motivational tool to push my work towards greatness. I can admit, for things that I’m not passionate about, I’m lazy. In contrast, I want to be the best I can in photography be as soon as possible. This method of being my hardest critic helps me tons because I analyze every shoot. I take away the positives and negatives from an unbiased standpoint so I’m able to correct on my next shoot. This doesn’t only apply for photography, if you can get better in said subject, then do it. Also, by being your own worst critic, you can tune out the words of someone else criticizing your work. I’d much rather hear it from myself, rather than from someone with no knowledge of the effort behind my work.
Perspective and improvement
At the end it’s all about perspective. If you break yourself down to the core, then its unhealthy. Criticize yourself from an unbiased standpoint and use the advice to further your craft. Criticism isn’t always a bad thing, just guide it to where you benefit from your mistakes. Personally, this humbles me and pushes me to get better. There are some times when I question my skill and debate if I have reached my limit because I don’t seem to get better, but then I see the works of Alessio Albi (my inspiration) and I realize I still have a long way to go, and I can’t wait.
Critique yourself, grow yourself
Being my own worst critic allows me to shape my craft on my own terms and
pushes me to my limitless potential. Continue your craft, pursue your passion, and become the greatest YOU can be. We can’t change who we are, we can only improve.
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