The Need To Produce Images
Do you always get caught up in the challenge of producing great images? Rafael Rojas argues that enjoyment of the experience of taking pictures should take precedence over this need, and that better photography will follow from this naturally
Albert Ellis was one of the most influential psychologists in human history. He was the founder of cognitive behavioural therapies, a new field of psychology which focused on helping people adjust their thinking as the treatment for emotional and behavioural problems. According to Ellis, most emotional problems in people have their roots not in the existence of external problems, but more in the internal dialogue that people make out of these external circumstances. This internal dialogue, frequently negative, is always based on what he called ‘irrational beliefs’, that is, flawed assumptions from which a whole logical system is built, leading to frustration, sadness and all kinds of negative feelings.
Photographers are a special kind of people who are frequently prone to suffer emotionally with the creation of their art. I have always supposed this might be due to the fact that creative people are more sensitive than the average person. Landscape photographers, too, are typically exposed to forces which are impossible to manage and control. The weather, the seasons, the light, the conditions we encounter out in the field...