One thing I love about the creative community is when someone steps up and shares insights with clarity that really resonate. Robert Rodriquez Jr. is one of those folks who can articulate the thoughts behind images and describe the emotional piece of the creative process. Robert's latest eBook title is Insights fromBeyond the Lens: inside the art and craft of landscape photography and you'll definitely want to add this book to your collection. It's full of motivation and inspiration and describes the creative process with some helpful insights for all levels of photographers and creatives.
The eBook has a wonderful layout and design and has some beautiful images to contemplate. Robert also gives you some important tips on gear and he delves into craft in the field. But, what I enjoy most are the insights into the creative process. This is what will take your landscape work to the next level, moving you beyond the technical into developing your own vision and style which ultimately has to come from within. No one else can do that for you. Robert talks about overcoming the fear of failure that you have to face with almost any challenge. And what makes this advice resonate is that Robert actually shares some of his failures. This not only shows the concepts he's demonstrating for craft in the field but also his comfort level in showing an image that didn't work. That's not something that many photographers would do and it's clear that Robert has indeed overcome his own fear of failure by his willingness to share them.
I also really like the concept of mindfulness that Robert describes and couldn't agree more. Mindfulness ties into the notion of experience over outcomes which he describes in an earlier part of the book. It's very easy to get caught up in trying to capture an image that you've pre-visualized only to be disappointed by the conditions that didn't cooperate. The problem is that if you get caught up in that outcome you'll be closed to all the other possibilities that are there. So, if you're frustrated or anxious about capturing a particular image, it's very difficult to create an image that communicates the peacefulness or sense of wonder that you'd like to express. So dealing with fear, anxiety, and being overly focused on outcomes are very real barriers to making expressive landscape photographs.Robert's insights are valuable tools to help you overcome these barriers and move forward on your creative journey.