have you slowed down photographically ?

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  1. jnanian

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    why? why not ?
     
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    Heck no! I try to print in the cold months and let the film flow in the summer! Having a ball round here! Messing around here there to keep it fresh too (ie the Ming-Rider-Rodinal-Salt-Stand-paradox-experiment). Keep up the great art John, always a pleasure.
     
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    Yes. A lot. Taking a 3-month (winter) break from it, resuming travel and photography in the Spring.
    Then the circus starts again from late spring all the way to autumn in 2014 (vetting, printing, framing...).
     
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    Gas prices. Live in very rural area--lot of gas between picture possibilities.
     
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    Yea a bit, the work grind and the heat haven't helped either. Id like to travel a bit, but its pretty hard to find the time and the money for it. The work route, and nearby wanderings have left me in a rut, I'm hoping camping later this summer and a road trip somewhere might give me a good kick to get me going again.
     
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    It ebbs and flows each day but I wouldn't say I have slowed down. It is a rare day where I haven't shot some film somewhere. But I have noticed this year that I am shooting far more 35mm, and far less medium format.
     
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    I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world; the photographic possibilities here are virtually boundless. While my shooting ventures do tend to drop off during the rainy season, I do shoot year-round.
     
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    My vision is ever-deepening--I shoot less but have a lot more to show for it. Of course printing costs will increase.
     
  9. clayne

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    Definitely. Feels like almost every single thing has been done before and is already a cliche. This is probably a known cycle - but I do wonder if imagery overload has something to do with this.
     
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    Not slowing down. Increasing instead.
     
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    Moving to the British countryside from Gothenburg in Sweden really slowed me down. I've shifted from a vibrant and cultural city to a place where only the seasons change. That has been difficult and I'm still learning to see nature like this.

    The arrival of our baby boy means I cannot be out at the best times when the sun is low as he's getting ready for bed.

    However, he's very photogenic and Britain is having a rare sunny period so that lessens the slow down.
     
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    I think a lot of us put a lot of pressure on ourselves to take photos - I know I do.

    I went to my fathers farm this week - I took half a dozen rolls of film with me - in the end, I shot 6 frames (it didn't help that the weather was crap). I feel like I should have done more.
     
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    My experience is that my photography is cyclical often fallow periods between projects then more intense bursts. Just in a fallow period although I''m still shooting but the two major projects I'm completing at the moment are dependant on travel and accomadation away from home so that slows things down.

    And then I'm about to move out of my own house and will have to build a temporary darkroom, that puts a damper on things as well. I like it this way it keeps things fresh.

    Ian
     
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    If I am working there is no time to shoot (12 hours shifts, for my sins) but I shoot just about every day when I am not working.
     
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    I have slowed down a lot in the last year. Mostly due to working more. Also revamping my darkroom. The muggy weather hasn't helped much in the last few weeks either.
     
  17. Steve Roberts

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    Shooting less and being a lot more selective what I shoot. Cost is becoming much more significant and causes me to stop and think every time before I press the button.

    Steve
     
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    I have slowed, but prefer not to. What slows me down is the lack of photo ops in my local. I need to travel some to shoot.

    I'd like to shoot people here, but no one wants pix even for free.

    No one does C41 here any longer. So it takes a week to get back the negs. That is another problem. Last year you could get the negs in a few hours or next day at least. So all this slows me down.
     
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    Yes. Getting married, combining households, etc.
     
  20. Valerie

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    Like Ian, my photography moves in cycles. I've learned not to beat myself up when I'm not working and look at is as "winter" when all the creativity has gone underground to regenerate and renew itself. "Spring"(new work/time to work).... always comes.
     
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    Nope, I go every day and always have my gear within reach.
     
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    I have gotten slower because of my diabetic nerve damage.

    Jeff
     
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    I'm on an upswing lately - I've found my photographic muse in my Rolleiflex, and I've been showing it a lot of love lately. Despite the sauna-like conditions here in DC in the summer, I've been making myself get out and take pictures. It's good training if nothing else, as it helps me learn to see what's already around me. While I love to travel, and I always bring a camera with me when I do (what's the point of a vacation without vacation photos??), I've discovered the joy of photographing that which I already know, because it's stuff I understand at a casual glance.
     
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    I am in a frustrating rut myself. Summer means high sun most of the day. I have new puppy that needs A LOT of time. Too much work. Too many family obligations. Not making any progress in putting the darkroom together. I have definitely grown crabbier as my time behind the lens has diminished.
     
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    I haven't shot nearly as much this summer, but that's mostly because of the weather. I also prefer the light of the other seasons. However I always have a camera with me, just in case inspiration strikes.
     
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    Same here. I've considered myself a "photographer" for 45 years, but there have been periods, usually months, (but once or twice measured in years), that I did nothing. Since this is no longer even a part-time profession, life often takes priority.

    I, too, moved house 4 years ago, and it was a year and a half before I got the new darkroom up and running. Then, since I had spent so much time in construction, I was "sick of it" for a few months and didn't even want to go out there.

    But, kick-starts come along. Many years ago, it was getting my first medium format slr. Several years ago, it was meeting other local photographers (through APUG, as a matter of fact) and getting involved in a collaborative project. Currently, it is a pending photo trip with a group that has me "practicing" almost daily with 35mm gear, so that traveling will be easier than with medium format.

    Like my friend Valerie, I don't "beat myself up" if I'm not working. I mean, it's a hobby afterall ... :cool: