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Monday, January 23, 2006

The Lone Photographer

Photography is often a lonely passtime.
There are many reasons for this and some of those reasons are by choice.
Taking photos can be almost meditative to its nature - you are alone in the nature or on the street, moving through the scenes in an almost zen-like state looking for the moment and subject you want to capture.

Photography also often requires that the people that accompany you share your passion and interest - or at least fully understand it. There is nothing worse than going on a photo excursion with someone that you know is not 'into it' in the same way as you and knowing that the other person is bored and would rather be somewhere else after the first 30 minutes.

The above may be especially true if your passion for photography also includes an interest in the gear you are using - in particular older, classic cameras as that opens up the door to reallly bore the people around you to tears :)

(There are obviously times when photography is part of a social situation (parties, birtdays, vacations, etc) and where the above doesn't apply but I intend to discuss this type of photography in a later post).

As important as it may be for your soul to go out and submerge yourself into your passion and hobby on your own - it is equally important to sometimes get the oportunity to share these interests with kindered spirits.
Internet forum get-togethers, local clubs, a converted girl-/boyfriend, etc are just some examples of how to go about finding camera-bug bitten people.

So, enjoy your zen-like adventures - but remember that from time to time you may also benefit from sharing some of the experiences you've gathered with people not only represented by bits and pixels displayed on your computer monitor.

It's also easier to enjoy a cup of coffee together with someone that way :)

2 Comments:

Blogger taffer said...

I understand what you mean, it's true that sometimes you just HAVE to be on your own out there, it can be terribly annoying for somebody to have to wait for you each time you find a point of interest somewhere, and most times being alone makes you act or think in a way that in the end gets reflected on pics.
OTH, having fun and enjoying a good time with other people while having a coffee and talking about common interests, is, plain and simply, priceless :)

January 29, 2006 2:53 PM  
Blogger RPA said...

"As important as it may be for your soul to go out and submerge yourself into your passion and hobby on your own - it is equally important to sometimes get the oportunity to share these interests with kindered spirits." Words of wisdom. Excellent post, Rich.

January 31, 2006 9:44 AM  

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