Do you know a writer who doesn’t write? A painter who doesn’t paint? A musician who rarely plays their instrument? Maybe, a photographer who rarely gets out their camera to photograph?
I bet you’ve met a few folks like this. There’s a lot of people out there who are more in love with the idea of being an artist than actually being an artist.
Real artists make things. Writers make prose, painters make paintings, musicians make music. And, photographers make photographs.
It doesn’t matter if your photographs are good or not. If they’re not good, don’t share them, maybe throw them away. I’ve made many, many photographs that have never seen the light of day. The point is to be making them – if you’re making them, you’re being an artist. If you’re not making them, well… you know.
Making something isn’t about numbers or time. Some people will have a high output of work, some people will have a low output of work. It’s also, of course, okay (and even desirable) to rest or take time off now and then. There are no hard or fast rules, everyone is different. In your heart, you’ll know if you’re making the cut or not.
Because ultimately, making things is where the rubber meets the road. If you’re an artist – get out there and make something.