Clutter, it hangs off me like Christmas tree ornaments. Each is different and pretty in their own right. Some are old and a bit tarnished like my parent's words. Not actually their words but my attempt to follow their advice. Some are newer and seem better built, like the advice of photographic and artistic experts, but you don't want all of it hanging around 24/7. Except for the choice moral items.
The gist of all this is that we all have a lot of people, some we know others that we never met, telling us which way is the right path to follow. It may be good advice but sometimes we do need to break free.
I don't have a perfect map for my life and there's no way I would know where you should go. I do believe though that if you do what feels right for you and let your own voice guide, you great improvements will happen.
Below are some photographs that for some reason have compelled me to look longer. They might break some composition rules but we all have our own tastes.
While you're supposed to watch out for things at the edges, for me here this adds some intrigue to a well textured wall and canal edge in Paris.
You may ask 'What is the next photo' and I don't have an answer. It came about because I was playing around with Helicon focus and the photo with a black background didn't stand out well enough.
11 images in stack with Tamron 90mm in macro mode at F/8 @ 1/5sec
With some judicious use of Photoshop layers, various blend modes and even a little LAB mode, I found one version that intrigued me. It's still a bit crude but I see how I could take this further.
Original version with black background below
Therefore, silence some of these voices. Use them only when needed in order to make time for things that you enjoy and this includes doing photos that only interest you. After all it your creativity.