a little help from your friends

Sometimes you need the help of friends and peers to see the potential in your own art. I had spent yesterday photographing some flowers we picked up at the farmers market last weekend. But after several hours of work, I was growing frustrated. Nothing was clicking: the flowers were not inspiring me, and the resulting photographs were feeling flat. Calling it a day, I half-heartedly posted one of the photographs to Twitter.

©Daniel Sroka

©Daniel Sroka

But when I checked in later that evening, I was surprised to find that my photograph had actually gotten more compliments and “re-tweets” than any other I have posted to Twitter:

Their enthusiasm not only gave me a much-needed lift, it encouraged me to re-examine the work I had been so ready to dismiss. And surprise, I actually discovered some gems hiding out amid the rubble. Being an artist can be a lonely profession. But sometimes, the small connections you make can really surprise you.

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3 Comments

  1. Dan,
    I love this post….So glad you felt the positive love and energy that is around you. There is a vulnerability in being an artist…not always easy to put your work out there. Your work is special and I thank you for always sharing it as you do.
    shell

  2. Always happy to give a kick in the pants where needed. 😉 And we all need it sometimes. It is lonely working as an artist sometimes, and we often get stuck in our own ruts.

  3. Wow, so beautiful Dan. Really hit the spot. Good job!

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