Real or Not? by RussellMcGuire

“A life spent at the edge of the pier is a life full of regret, a life full of fear.”

For some reason, this quote really speaks to me. I tend to be the kind of person who lives their life in constant fear. Fear of not living up to the standards I set for myself. The fear of things not going the way I think they should. Fear of failing, fear of flying, fear of this or that… you get the point.This is something that I have been trying to work on for the past few years. Needless to say, I have failed miserable at this.

Today happens to be my birthday, and as I write this post, I once again challenge myself to try and reduce my fears. I know my fears limit me to what I can achieve, and I know that the stress I put on myself diminishes my quality of life. I wish there was a magic button to fix this, but I know that is not the case.

The reason I take photos is it makes me happy. Being out in the field, playing with images in Lightroom/Photoshop make me happy. This is one of the things in my life that gives me joy.I believe images should reflect your personality, and right now in my life, it is a bit dark. I am working on trying to improve this and that is why some of my pictures reflect a more “happier” look. I tend to over process my images, (add stars, add suns, add clouds) I do this because it makes me happy. When I “create” an image, that is how I want to see the world and this helps get me through where I am at in life.

Hopefully this explanation will answer the questions that I get on if my photos are “real”. They are real in the fact that this is how I want to see the world, and how I want to share a feeling/emotion with people. Hopefully you will enjoy them and they will make your day a bit brighter.

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