Creative Evolution - Dreamstime

The following is from a short piece written by Pete Collins from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals regarding a quote that deals with the nature of creative evolution as I like to refer to it. Thought I'd share it on this venue as it is relevant to all those who are fairly new to photography.

I came across this quote for the first time when it was shared by Jeremy Cowart… and then Scott posted it on his page… I was then reminded of it again this weekend when Jeremy was giving his talk at the “Art of digital photography” session at Photoshop World in D.C.

I wanted you to have a chance to read and reflect on this quote if you haven’t read it before… and if you have… how has that changed your thinking about the hard things that you are working through right now?

Feel free to comment.

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

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March 31, 2012


Thanks for sharing! This fits the slogan: "There is no short cut for success".

March 29, 2012


Very interesting and thanks for sharing. Malcomb Gladwell wrote a book called "the Outliers". In the book it talks about success and how extremely successful people (athletes, business people, artists, etc) become successful. There is one key element.. how many hours did they put in? He then goes on to talk about the 10,000 hour rule. Wikipedia does a nice little summary The Outliers

March 28, 2012


I read this quote a while ago but forgot it. Thanks for the lovely reminder :)

March 28, 2012


Very motivational, thanks for taking the time to share it! K-

March 28, 2012


Encouraging article. Thanks for sharing.

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