Be something different

my best photography is a direct result of creative experimentation in which I break out of the accepted rules of what a good photograph is supposed to be like. To make an impact with your art that is new, fresh, you need to already have a mentality wired differently than everyone else to be able to see beyond the conventions and not afraid to be different that always brings risks of failure, ridicule, and being ostracized by the conventional art groups. To be a success, however defined, does require two more key ingredients that can fortunately be learned: analytical abilities to work it out on your own, you ARE breaking new ground here, and the social skills to convince others to risk following you. Think Picasso. Otherwise you will be lonely, frustrated, hated and likely miserable. Think Van Gogh.