Hi Everyone! Anna Benton, here. :)
I'm blogging something out of my norm today, because I truly feel like the Lord has placed this topic on my heart for a reason. Every day, I use an awesome app called "YouVersion". I use this app because I love all of the different devotional plans that it has to relate and teach God's Word. I recently finished a plan called "The Comparison Trap". Y'all. I mean...Y'ALL. The moment I read the first day of this devotion, it was literally like a punch in the face from God. Not like a mean punch that knocked my teeth out..but like a loving wake up call. (That probably doesn't make sense..but it's fine..I've had too much coffee today...bye).
The first line of the plan reads this:
"The temptation to compare is as near as your next chat with a friend, trip to the store, or check-in on social media. It's never ending and it's exhausting. And whether you come out on top or come up lacking, there is no win in comparison. It's a trap."
In the world of photography, comparison can be a crippling and addicting path. As a photographer, it's easy for me to fall into this trap daily. Why are my photos not as creamy as hers? Why don't my photos make me want to weep and laugh all at the same time like Ben Sasso's? The constant urge to covet another photographer's success is endless, but here's the thing - you are not that photographer.
But Anna, who am I? You are YOU!
YOU are on your own creative path. YOU are forging the way. YOU are building a brand. YOU are fabulous in all your ways!
I am completely on the bandwagon with looking to other great photographers for inspiration and resources, but I am not for breaking yourself down in the name of comparison. I mean, Jasmine Star's blog is basically bae and Ben Sasso has a way of producing work that makes me melt, but instead of comparing ourselves in negative light - let's cherish these modern-day artists as inspiration.
Everyone has to start somewhere. Don't let the comparison trap keep you from becoming the greatest that you can be. You were made for greatness.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." //Psalm 139:14//
I wrote this blog post in my pajamas at 4:23PM.