34 years later, I haven’t been proven wrong. My love affair with the camera has not diminished; it’s deepened.
By comparison, Behance is fairly new to me. I was (and still am) a huge Flickr fan. I have THOUSANDS of images on Flickr. And, frankly, I will admit that I originally signed up with Behance because it was a new Adobe acquisition, and I was in part, being a good employee. I needed to know about Behance because I would be expected to talk about it.
But being a good corporate citizen soon became less important. Some new magic began casting its spell. Exploring Behance opened my eyes to the worlds of other creatives – and not just photographers: painters, designers, sculptors, illustrators and animators, artists of all kinds. Prior to joining Behance, I had a pretty monocular view of creativity. I focused on what other photographers were doing. But now, I see how every type of creative can have an impact on my vision. On how I approach a subject, frame it, crop it and massage those pixels into my final vision. Quite simply, it’s inspiring to see the incredibly vast range of talent out there.
Another element of this magic was the wonderful sense of community. Unlike Flickr, where feedback can be quite sparse and often limited to a “fave”, I began receiving comments on my work in addition to appreciations. It is very easy to “fave” or appreciate another’s work, be it on Flickr, or DeviantArt or here on Behance. But when someone is moved to take a few minutes and write about why they liked your work, well, that adds a whole new dimension and sense of community.
Is it an ego boost? Hell yes. But it’s more than that. It’s knowing that your work impacted someone else. That knowledge reaches far deeper and lasts longer and – in my case – further encourages me to create more.