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Challenge Is Good For the Soul

In life, once you’ve faced a certain amount of rejection in a particular area you often start to lose hope in the possibility of a positive outcome. But then something or someone challenges you to try again and put yourself out there in that vulnerable place. I think it’s there, in that place where you know pain, rejection, or failure are possible that you often find the greatest reward.

That’s sort of what has happened to me in some of my shooting this week.

I always have a hard time approaching strangers on the street that I would like to photograph. I have had a number of people respond suspiciously or negatively to my requests and I’d sort of given up on it lately. But this week Jeffrey and David have challenged me to push that fear out of the way and just ask. “The worst they can do is say no.”

As we walked toward the piazza in Manarola, David saw an interesting man sitting on a bench and told me to photograph him. So, I just did it. And it was actually a lot of fun. There was no conversation to speak of since I don’t know much Italian, but there were smiles and laughter all the same.

Is there anything you avoid shooting just because you don’t think you can? I challenge you to go shoot it. Don’t over think it. Don’t fear it. Just shoot it and keep pushing yourself until you are happy with the results.

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