I was recently at a festival in the Desert and one of the people I met and ended up befriending was an established photographer. Using the opportunity I had in the desert of this man's time I asked him to look at some of my travel pictures and tell me in the most critical way possible what was wrong with them. One of the pictures he analyzed was from a buddhist complex in Kyoto where I had taken a picture a few years ago. He told me that the picture was perfect except for a man being missing that should be walking away. This week while back in Italy I went to an exhibition by the famous travel photographer Steve McCurry. Amongst his various pictures was the same picture I had taken except there was a man walking away exactly as my friend had described.
It makes an impression on me how close we can sometimes come to our goals or near perfect results and then be twarted either by ourselves or others in a minimal way and not reach our intended outcomes.