179 | More proof that documentation has value

Mitchel Lensink
Jun 28, 2021
1 min read

As I was scrolling through my Instagram this afternoon, my eye fell on a caption I wrote a little over a year ago.

June 7, 2020

“I am just trying to show some range. Sure, I can shoot your editorials or studio shots. Maybe, just maybe, I want to retire all that and just do some street work for a while.

Currently I am working on a project that’s a little different as well as an elevation of my past work. At least I hope it is. Looking at these shots from Curaçao a few months after taking them, and I appreciate them even more. Not for their technical quality or their wow-factor but rather for what they represent. A story, a journey, a fresh start.”

This is why I write stuff down. This is why I take photos. I would’ve never remembered where my head was at a year ago if it wasn’t for this caption. That would’ve been a waste as it allows you to look back and appreciate the bigger picture. The general trend in which you are progressing.

A year ago, I was merely hoping to lay down the work I was no longer enjoying. I was searching for a new way to fill in my passion for photography. I was looking for a way to express myself and a way to position myself in this world.

Now, a year later, I can say that I have made the right decision back then. I’m happier with my work and I’m proud of the things I’m making now. I couldn’t say that for the bulk of my output when I wrote those words June 2020. Seeing your own progress like that is amazing. Please don’t take the present for granted folks. It’s the past of the future and there are lessons to be learned if you care to look for them.

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