Featured photo: Street Maintenance Worker 4 – Washington DC, 2016 Leica M3 Summicron 50mm f2.0 HP5+
A few weeks ago a friend shared with me a post about a photo contest. She said that a website called lensCulture created a contest where street photographers can share their photos. Submitted photos can also be reviewed by industry photo editors.
So I said “sure why not”
I had a series of photos in mind that I wanted to submit. And so I created an accounted and thought to myself “Yes I’m going to do it, there’s really nothing to lose (sans the submission fee and maybe a bit of my time…)
Of course…. being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t do it till the last minute. But wait, there’s a reason for that.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I tend to overthink things a lot. In this case, I thought to myself “I would like to submit this series of photographs about street maintenance workers. But….. I know a few shots are done on digital and a few on film, what if it is not coherent? What about the film grain? Should I be doing this? What would the critics say? I don’t think my photos are good enough…”
All the thoughts that raced through my head told me that I wasn’t good enough to do what I wanted to do.
In the end, I took the advice of my friend, “What do you have to lose?” And submitted my work. Yes, I’ll admit it, I don’t think I am good enough. But that fear shouldn’t stop me from taking a risk and letting people see my work.
So instead of focusing on what’s wrong with my work, I’m learning to just enjoy them for what they are. Maybe they are perfect, maybe they are not, but at the end of the day they are photographs that are meant to be enjoyed. So, “What do I have to lose?”
To see my submission on lensCulture, please visit: