Life Thru the Lens 3:52... The Joy of Comparison

"When we lose ourselves in the comparison game we cannot see how much we have accomplished."

The Good...

But, what if we could use comparison as a tool? What if we could push past the comparison thief and use comparison as a means to push our art further, to challenge our skills? 

Because, I do not believe comparison in of itself is bad. It's when we become entangled in the comparison game, and we cannot use it as a means to push us farther in our creative lives, that it becomes a problem. 

The Random...

If you are on social media that showcases photographic images, then you know the "Kinfolk" look. {That's right. Go on and click that link, and just gaze at the beauty, but come right back here.} It's matted, rich, and contrasty images leave me with my mouth gaping at the lushness of it all. And then, my mind starts whirling with thoughts like, "I could never...." or, "my work doesn't even..."

The Fun...

I edited the following two photos with the Kinfolk look in mind, because I love it, and because I have caught myself (more than once) being a little envious of those who can create this look. 

The Joy of Comparison | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
The Joy of Comparison | Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

You know what it taught me? 

  1. That editing in the Kinfolk style is harder than it looks. 
  2. That I do not like that look for my photography.

I am in the AWAKA 2017 class; did I tell you that? Of course I did, last week. Can you tell how excited I am about the class!? {Insert huge, giddy smile.} It is easy to be intimidated in that class. The coaches in my class are at a level of digital art that is mind-boggling, and some of the class members are producing quite exceptional art.

But, if I do not push past that intimidation, I will stagnate in my art. And, if I cannot use comparison as a tool, then I will not be challenged in my creation process.  If instead, I choose to stop intimidation and comparison from paralyze me, then I can allow the intricate, creative parts of who I am to produce the art that breeds stability in my soul. 

 

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"HOME"

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"EFFLORESCENCE" 

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HOW CAN YOU USE COMPARISON AS A TOOL IN YOUR LIFE? 


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Life Thru the Lens Link-Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

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