This week I had a friend describe my photography as "amazing". Quite a nice compliment but not one that I'll let get to my head. Trouble is, I see lots of great photography out there in Webland and quite frankly, I think I suck. I frequently disappoint myself with the output versus the intention.
However, I just posted to the web a bunch of my images from the Ladakh trip. As part of the exercise I was going back over my work from the past couple of years. (I need to do a massive archiving exercise having just filled a hard disk.)
Turns out I'm getting better (or at least I think I am). I see that the best of my current rejects (the ones that don't quite make it) are better than the worst of my previous selections (the ones that just made it). So overall I may not be any happier with my output than I was but in a side-by-side comparison I think my stuff is a lot better than it was. And that is what keeps me going - the strive to constantly improve, knowing that I'm not as good as I want to be, and then seeing the improvement unfold.