I’m doing 2 things I’ve NEVER done before. That seems to be my theme for this year. It’s not wearing a mask in public, avoiding hugging my friends, wiping down my groceries (yeah, I did that), or chatting on a podcast.
- I’m on a SOLO trip. As in, ALL BY MYSELF, solo. I’ve usually gone by myself to visit friends or family and then I’m not alone. This time I am actually alone. The ultimate in social distancing (who knew that would be a thing?). I rented a little casita on a beautiful desert property near the Organ Mountains in Las Cruces. I’m focusing on my photography goal and spending some much needed hours focusing on learning more post processing. I have at least a few images that I need to learn some technical skills to put together.
2. Imposter Syndrome: I called myself a PHOTOGRAPHER. When my VRBO hosts greeted me last night, I let them know I am a photographer working on a project. My brain did not want to accept that. After checking in, I had to look up the definition and it’s “a person that takes photographs”. Well, that IS me. I do take (or make) photographs but I feel like the term “photographer” is reserved for more skilled artists or professionals. I know that imposter syndrome is a real thing and I really do feel like a “faux”tographer most of the time. Maybe part of it is that this is still so new to me and I have described myself in so many ways. Maybe I feel like if I describe myself as a photographer then I’m pigeon-holing myself into one category. I enjoy being a multi-faceted, unique individual and I’m ok adding photographer to part of who I am. It’s just going to take a while for my brain to accept it. So, I’m a person that takes, or makes, (research Ansel Adams for more on this) photographs and I love it!
A little note about my trip. I fell in love with White Sands National Monument so I’m back for a few days to soak it in. I’ll probably take some boring images but I just love it there and I want to capture what inspires me! Enjoy these iPhone images!