One of the new year resolutions I wish I had included in my recent list of resolutions for photographers was failing more in 2018. Failure has such a bad stigma attached to it that most of us try to avoid it at all costs. The big problem with that constant strive for perfection is it could be seriously holding you back.
The guys over at The Futur are back, once again highlighting areas of our creative lives we really should be addressing more if we want to get better at what we do. The video features Chris Do, the founder of brand strategy design consultancy Blind, Inc., and successful Concept Artist Jonah Lobe, who in this particular extract talks about the importance of failing. Lobe goes on to talk about how he found that the faster he makes mistakes, the faster he feels he learns. It's an obvious statement, but how many of us photographers actually embrace such a way of thinking? Being bombarded with carefully curated social media accounts and equally perfect portfolio websites, it can be hard to remember that people make mistakes and how much of an importance they play in the creative process.
The real problem with this desire to be perfect is that you can paralyze yourself and end up creating nothing at all. As a result, creative output dramatically drops and this reduction not only stifles our ability to learn, but it also inhibits growth both creatively and professionally. If any of this rings a bell for you, then maybe it's time to think about changing your approach to being a photographer. Creating bad work could be the best thing you've ever done.
If you'd like to watch the full two-hour feature on Jonah Lobe, you can see it here.