A message from God

Yesterday’s post was a lot of lamenting on my part. As is usual, the blogosphere responded with a lot of really constructive suggestions that I’ll generate individual responses to shortly. The important message though is to point out rather indirectly that I’m sitting around complaining when really I have only myself to blame because I haven’t put the work into the whole photography thing. Long ago I had a business on the side that was reasonably successful and it only worked because I busted my behind to make it work. Photography is no different. You get out of something what you put into it and while I’ve been more than willing to go take the pictures I’ve done a terrible job at the other part of this concept: drumming up business. It’s not entirely surprising because I really do suck at self-promotion. That’s the part I need to work on and that’s the challenge!

This evening I went and walked about the neighborhood rather lazily snapping photos with the fish-eye. As I walked past the local church suddenly inspiration struck with the sun eclipsing behind the spire of Advent Lutheran Church in Zionsville. It was about this time that I realized that I need to devote a couple of nights a week to this process. If I expect to have anyone wanting my free services then I need to promote myself and distinguish myself from the crowd. So I sent off an email to the Zoo with yesterday’s pictures and Advent Lutheran Church. We will see what transpires but I thank the blogosphere for pointing out my error.

Anyway, a photo. This is a blog about photography after all.ย  The Advent Lutheran Church in Zionsville Indiana nearing dusk.

From Advent Lutheran Church 2012-04-16
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22 responses to “A message from God

  1. very thoughtful post. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Beautiful shot. It’s true, we reap what we sow, but the delicate balance of time, priorities and sacrifice come to play when going for a goal. At the end of the day, what you get out of any effort you’ve applied is still up to you to decipher. Happy snapping!

  3. I, too, am insufficiently adept at the art of self-promotion. It is encouraging to know that there are photographers out there like me that struggle with the balance of creation and corporation.

  4. i think we all suffer from this to an extent, and good job for getting yourself back on the straight and narrow, love this shot, the clarity.. c

  5. A glimpse of heaven. Thanks for sharing Nonoy Manga

  6. I love the ah-ha moment…thanks for sharing.

  7. Awesome shadow in this pic! Same problem in the therapy biz – one can be the greatest clinician, but if they aren’t as hot in the business/marketing end of it, it’s a struggle. I think a lot of us can relate to that. Commercialism, in art, feels like a sort of cheapening to the artist, to put a value on talent. But we gotta eat….double edged sword! Thanks for sharing the lament, too – lends itself to your passion behind the pics.

  8. I find the business part and self-promotion extremely stressful and unpleasant. Not a good match with artistic tendencies.
    Keep up the good work.

  9. elfenokster

    Sometimes it helps just to take a deep breath and wait a little more. And here it is – you had a great idea of sending photos to the zoo and the church. I wish you receive positive feedback;)

  10. None of this is an error. It’s simply growing pains. Love your blog!

  11. Thank you for sharing. The concept was not new to me, but definitely something I needed to hear again. Thank you.

  12. Jerri Lien

    I love this picture, thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Nice shot, love the shadow.

  14. Nice shot, one can feel the power of God residing in the beauty.

  15. Being a rather secular person, I look this photo and the long shadow the church casts, and I get an exceedingly ominous feeling from the whole composition. Sort of creeps me out in a Children Of The Corn-sort of way.

    • Heh, an excellent point. I’m a rather argumentative agnostic so I’m with you and you’re so right. You can choose to look at this as the holy light of God shining down from on high or as the dark and ominous shadow that the church has cast throughout the history of mankind. I…. like it! Thanks for pointing it out!

  16. Hey, Rob. Is this your most recent post? Hope all is well with you and yours.

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