The Ego and it's own.
Imagine Removing the 'Ego', What is Left?
There is a lot of Ego in the photography world, I know because I’ve seen mine in a Vipassana retreat. What a HUGE monster! The more time I invest in this the more attached I get to the Ego expansion of "mine" “my photos, my technique, my post-processing”.
Funny enough, When you were born, did you bring anything with you? You came to the world with empty hands and an empty brain. Nothing is ours, and nothing is entirely and 100% Original.
Most of the photographers I admire are very kept of their post-processing techniques. “Their”. And will insist that emulate/copy won't take you so far.
I have nothing against making a living on teaching people and getting paid for it, quite the opposite, it is where I want to see myself in the future. But don’t forget that you learned that from somewhere.
I like more the approach on “Steal like an Artist” by Austin Kleon. People will try to emulate their Heroes, but you don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.
“Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy, you will find your self.” - Yohji Yamamoto.
I don't know what will be left when the Ego constructs dissolve. It looks like will take me a while. But If I am allowed to live until that Ego-less stage, I aim to give and teach everything I know, one-way traffic: giving without expecting anything in return. When the time comes, I will go happily empty-handed and with only Love in my mind. Just like my heroes.
I shall better start now.