In all things, timing is crucial. Be it the bending of a knee to propose to your one-and-only or an extended hand when pitching a business venture, the best results often come to fruition when the timing is "just right".
Everyone has the general understanding of what the best times are for things. We know when it is best to have lunch, take a nap, ask our bosses for time off, and so on. We probably develop the intuition for these things long before we, as children, decided when the best time to ask Santa for that "official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle" was.
Photographers have a unique perspective, when it comes to timing. We try to capture periods of time, ranging from miniscule increments to measures of days. Our relationship with it is dependent on its agreement with light. We make a deal with light resolving to give it all the time it needs to feed our voyeuristic art with the emotion, perspective, and relevance that we hope to exhibit our subject with. We beckon light as a shaman might call upon gods, hoping to bring forth an image, or an experience, or to capture the spirit of beauty. Like an alchemist, when all of the elements are combined just right, and the timing is precise, something magical happens. We create gold.
Today, I found something that I think is gold. A photograph that I would have a great sense of pride having created it. Though I did not take that photo, in my heart I know that it is within my reach to reveal something of its caliber, and so it inspires me.
Though potentially related, business has some obvious differences. While photography is a passion that people like me enjoy, nurture, and grow with, business is fickle. If we don't nurture it, feed it, and grow with it, like a jilted lover it will leave and find another. Unlike a photo, which lives in the past, business exists in the present and the future. The inspiration it generates may come from a different kind of source. For me, it is the same thing that inspires my photography; communication and presentation.
Whether painting with light, text, speech, pigments, or pixels, I enjoy sharing ideas. Training, mentoring, and presentation are just a few examples of this. Exchanging thoughts, knowledge, and concepts feeds and inspires me. Whether that starts a chain that ends in generating business or culminates in a photograph, the outcome has the potential to be the same: I can successfully share the concept that I want to express in exchange for a positive reaction. For me, this brings satisfaction.
In the end, I believe that if we cannot identify with something, then it will be very difficult to successfully convince others of its value.