I see the act of failing as naturally as breathing though I sympathize more with the second one. I believe that failure is part of the life process and therefore also in the world of image making. As I have said a photograph is never a simple photograph as it requires a lot of investment of time and money. The frustration of seeing an entire image process not working could take us some peace of mind and bring us to the point of giving up the idea and move on to the next. I try to keep my feet on the ground and know when to give up but I never do it without giving a good deal of struggle first.
I recently had one of those experiences with one of the images that illustrate the idea of the sociability crisis. The initial image was a set of hands grabbing the model what would represented all people who interfere with our way of being and thinking and tries to impose their values and ideas not letting us be truly masters of our mind. This was a true test of endurance as only the third attempt resulted and led me to change all the image design since neither the first nor the second were good enought on the esthetic criteria although both have worked in terms of moral content. I leave you the idea as it was the second attempt.
At the end of the second trial and after recognizing the second mistake I made I began to doubt the final result. I think that on these moments we must hold to any remaining positive spirit and be persistent. If I’ve learned anything from this experience is that on these moments helps to simplify the image and the concept for them to work. Too content or information can directly interfere with the aesthetic result and interfere with the way we see the final image. Having simplified the result came out we already know.