As photographers, we are frequently asked the question - how do you define yourself (your work)? We are constantly looking for our view, our voice, our framework to find our target market or audience. When I moved into photography, it was difficult for me, when asked what I do, to answer that I am a photographer. I felt strange saying those words. Even though my journey is still ongoing, and my business is in the beginning stages, I have a hard time saying I am a photographer. I thought about this many times, and I think perhaps we are too strict with how we define ourselves. We restrict ourselves and put our life into a box that says photographer or doctor or business person, or Mother, or mail carrier, or whatever it is we do.
But does what we DO define WHO we are?
We are so much more than that, and our lives are full of other things than our work (at least for many of us). We are a conglomerate of thoughts, feelings, senses. Our lives change day by day, moment by moment; we move and flow. What is do is only a small part of what makes us, well US!
Who we are is so much more important - everyone of us can be a light in the darkness, a friend to someone suffering or lonely, a giver of a smile or a kind word to each person we see; these acts make up our "who", and each kindness makes a ripple in the pond that spreads outward to touch others. This is how to define our lives - this is how to find balance and peace. This is how to define who we TRULY are.
"May I be a guard for those who need protection; a guide for those on the path; a boat, a raft, a bridge for those to cross the flood; may I be a lamp in the darkness; a resting place for the weary; a healing medicine for all who are sick. For as long as Earth and sky endure, may I assist until all living things are awakened" The Dalai Lama