I am an introvert. I think that’s why I’m drawn to photography. I don’t socialize very well. At parties and online chats, I prefer to listen rather than actively participate. At work, during lunch, I stay in my cubicle and read a book rather than talk to anyone in the cafeteria.
At home, I have a small office, but it’s really my hovel. I don’t spend nearly enough time with my wife and son as I should.
Why don’t I socialize more? I’m not afraid of people. It’s just that when I talk to people I like to listen to what they say. I have never been any good at small talk – How’s the weather gets real old for me. I find myself saying nothing unless I have something of substance to contribute.
I would much rather ask someone to talk about themselves than talk about myself.
When someone tells me they like one of my photos, I am not very good at saying thank you. It might seem like I’m not gracious, but instead I just don’t know how to react. Don’t get me wrong, I am proud when they say that, but I’m also made nervous. I feel like I’m really not worthy of their praise