Yesterday marked the my last class of Uni EVER, or what I've called 'home' for the last three years of my life. It hasn't hit me yet, that I am out in the big old photography world by myself, searching for my voice and identity. I'm sure it will soon - hopefully in a positive way.
In the last three years, I've developed significantly on a spiritual, and mental level. This course has given me the courage to find my inner voice, an opportunity to learn and create projects that I am pleased with, and meet people who have inspired me to work even harder as a photographer and individual. It has given me confidence to approach artists who I thought I would never have the opportunity to email, let alone hang out and form great friendships with. (Still pinch myself everyday).
As you may know, I've been working on my ongoing project, 'Natural Phenomena' since December last year. After listening to a talk by Esther Teichmann a few weeks ago, I realised that this is the beginning of a life long project that will evolve and change with the seasons, as each year grows. Who know where it will lead me, or what I will discover about myself, but I am thrilled to have found my creative voice. Staying grounded, focused, open and positive to all opportunities and interactions is key. I believe that nothing is by chance.
I simply cannot express how grateful I am for the path that I have been given - I am totally blessed. I am excited for what lies ahead & where my ongoing projects will lead me in the next few years. It's difficult to write everything that I am feeling in just one blog post, because this journey has been a long one, and I am ready for the next.
PS. I cannot stress enough how beneficial it is to invest time & money into a professional course... (especially a creative one!) Yes, it's a hell of a LOT of money, but the insights, knowledge and experience that you receive is well worth the risk of huge debt. I've been reading a lot of online posts that state how studying is a 'waste of time', or 'money'. Truth is, yes - everyone is creative and has the ability to create abundantly, however even a short course will inspire you to evolve and gain the skills to reach your full creative potential. Self taught photography is tough - and its a much longer path than investing your time on a one/two/three year course. It's so worth it. The industry will thank you for it.
Love Cass x