Throughout centuries one thing constantly rattled the minds of people. This common feeling of insecurity and anguish managed to control millions and with it acquire more power than ever imaginable. But where did it come from? What is it really? And, finally, how do we overcome fear?
What is fear actually? It is an emotion induced by a threat perceived by living entities, which causes a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in behavior. It sound so simple and yet human beings are in most cases left paralyzed by something they induce themselves. I am sure that many times we all got frightened by a sound, smell, gentle touch that turned out to be simply a byproduct of our own imagination.
Do we have something in common when it comes to fears except this tendency for irrational behavior? The answer is surprisingly yes. All human being have always feared only three things. The first is humiliation. Public utter disastrous humiliation makes us crawl back into our security bubble. We fear we'll be ridiculed and rejected because of our choices, so we do nothing just to protect ourselves from the society of which we are a part of. The second is mutilation; being dragged and tortured, disfigured by others with pain. The third and biggest is death, which gives birth to other two making a whole circle in our own mind.
Knowing all this, how do we overcome fear? How does a person make oneself take a leap of faith and put itself out there emotionally naked in front of strangers? The answer is to simply turn off that machinery in one’s head and do without questioning.
This is me taking a leap of faith, jumping into the abyss of expectation and waiting to be ridiculed. I voluntarily give my photographs to the public to be judged and evaluated. What do I have to fear? The only thing we have to fear is fear itself (Franklin Roosevelt). Letting it go would mean being free.