Tyler Henson (Uncomfortable)
This summer I prayed for confidence. So after some time in prayer, God answered. He told me if I wanted confidence then turn to the gift he gave me and that’s where he would begin to build it. So i picked up my camera and he directed my focus on people. More specifically taking pictures of people in a way that I had never done before. Going into busy areas like Chinatown in D.C. and New York. I was getting up close in people’s faces in a “street photography” type of style.
What I didn’t realize before doing any of this was the fear that would grip me while I was out taking these photos. Over the last 5 months every day I went to shoot I was self-conscious, nervous, and afraid. I always seemed to second guess myself anytime I saw a photo to take. It was like I’d freeze up and talk myself out of taking the picture. I thought I failed. Some days I would come home knowing that I just spent 3 or 4 hours shooting and had nothing to show for it. That’s a terrible feeling when you believe that God gave you everything you needed to be successful and you just aren’t cutting it. But if there’s one thing I know, it’s that while you may think you’ve failed; He never does.
While I was getting down on myself, he was building up my confidence. Every time I went back out with my camera, I was assured he was with me. I was now anticipating the fear I would feel so I was prepared to overcome that. Taking photos of people in this way, you can’t afford to think. Which is something I like to do with my photography. I like taking my time and making sure the composition is just right, but with this I learned you really just have to trust your eye, point, and click. I was completely out of my comfort zone, a world unfamiliar.
But isn’t that where confidence comes from. Doing something you’ve never done before, overcoming your fears, and realizing you can do it.
These pictures are a visual representation of my confidence level.
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