The above link is for an article posted by Dan James on his excellent, and often thought provoking blog, 35Hunter.
In brief, he muses on the possibility that the way people generally approach their everyday life life echoes in the way that they practise their photography.
He ends, as he does on every post, with a question for his readers.
How do you photograph, and is it similar to how you do everything else?
My reply: Umm… yes. Generally completely spontaneous experiments with outbreaks of pleasant surprise.
It’s much the same for my blog posting too. I know that Dan is a well organised and prepared sort of chap and his articles are thoughtfully written and scheduled to be posted in a regular rhythm.
Whereas I might have sat down an hour ago and thought to myself
‘I know, I’ve got a couple of nice shots I’ve done recently, I’ll do a blog post… Now, what flimsy premise for showing them can I think of…?’
And I might have last done that just a week ago (it was actually) or it might have been a couple of months ago.
My enthusiasm for photography itself seems to go like that.
It’s not so much a time issue, it’s just not an all consuming ‘passion’ that has me voraciously reading about it and wanting to talk about it in online communities, studying books or visiting galleries or whatever.
Perhaps because I was involved in it professionally, with a sort of daily intensity for which the maths is a bit terrifying – that’s 25 years at 5 days a week and for 9 hours per day on average, talking cameras, lenses, techniques and everything else. Exhibiting, demonstrating, selling, managing and earning from it.
I’m not saying I know it all, just that not much of it is a total mystery to me.
Anyway, perhaps that’s why I enjoy the slight lack of control over the final result in this style of imagery. Like a reaction against knowing all the ‘right’ ways but seeing what happens when I let it go.
But not a complete lack of control. That would be really anarchic.
A bit like my blog posting schedule. And yes, like my life.