I am going to be completely honest. As an artist, I have fears about my work all the time, and I think that's one reason why this 30 day project + sharing it daily is going to be good for me. It's kind of becoming just as much about facing my fears as it is making a lot of work. Are you wondering what are some of my fears are?
I fear not that my work will be disliked, but that it will be rejected in more informed ways.
I fear that there is always some other direction I could be going in that would be better.
I fear that I will end up making a boring or one-liner image/series of the content I want to address.
I fear sharing work that I think is good and finding out that others feel differently about it (see number one again).
I think these fears are normal, though. The biggest one for me is just always questioning whether I'm making the right thing or going in the right direction. When I think of other types of photos that I could be making instead of what I'm working on right now, I also remind myself that one body of work does not have to last a lifetime, and I did a lot of experimenting to get to where I am with this one, so I need to (and want to) see it through to the finish.
Sharing these photographs from the 30 day challenge daily is a little revealing of myself. They don't have time to really sink in before I post them here. Some of them might be really bad but I won't have time to digest that and realize it until later. I'm going to share them anyway. I think I like them so far, but I suppose I just feel I have to say that.
I don't think making art is about finding all the answers, anyway. It's about learning to ask the right questions. So for the next 27 days, I'm kissing my art-making fears goodbye and just going with the flow! I'll have plenty of time to analyze and criticize what I made at a later date.