I have come to the conclusion that I want to take my photography more seriously. This is not a desire to “go professional”, more a wish to express myself and grow as a person. This may sound a little too fluffy, or even a little too profound but tough, I’m riding with this idea!
Here are some quotes from a book I have started reading….
To get to the core of our photographic souls is to be honest with ourselves and ask, “What is it I am trying to say through my photography?
What am I trying to say? Sometimes it’s “aren’t I clever, I have mastered the technical complexities of this machine called a camera.” I admit this is part of the pleasure for me but it is not all, or even the biggest part of the pleasure. If I make a great image from a chanced shot with my phone then this makes me happy. No, I am happy to admit to myself that the equipment is a means to an end only.
the most rewarding part of the photographic process often comes when you find a project or theme you feel passionate about
This is a difficult thing to ponder. What do you feel passionate about? Do you feel passion? For me I feel passion firstly for my family but, to be honest, they are not compliant subjects. They have had enough of me snapping away. What else do I feel passion for? Science…justice…travel…interesting people….food….technology…. I am finding it difficult to focus on one thing.
by finding meaning and purpose in your picture-taking process, you will learn about yourself while elevating your personal photographic vision
Learn about yourself? Good. That’s what I want. Lets get going!!