I have always enjoyed photography, and it has been the hobby that has always been there for me even if I 'got into' other stuff... I always come back to it. For me, I was on a road to digital about 2 years ago. I had a Mamiya 6 and Canham LF set up gathering dust and had not been used for around 6 years in earnest anyway! So I thought, hmm.. flog it and get into digital. The reason I stopped using my gear was that I gotten into bow hunting, and rifle hunting of big game... Well, I found APUG and things really turned around... I shoot more picture now than anything else. My camera are used and even added to now with other systems... I actually shoot more film now, than I ever did! I never made it big in photography either. When I lived in the UK, I sold a few prints to friends and made gifts to family etc, but could never get a break. When I moved over here to the US, I took lots of photos, but again, no breaks.... So I took a hiatus as I acquainted myself with other endeavors and became Americanized in my outlook (and that was a good thing for me) Now with that behind me, I tried ot take my photography further. I got my own show.... Okay at a coffee shop.... and did not get one sale! Then this year I entered a shot for the MN state fair and get accepted... I am pleased as punch. That said, I still have an ever increasing number of prints that I have to find something to do with... So it's a case of keep on keeping on trying to make it happen. Stay hard working, and keep a balance of family, and work first, and then photography so that it remains enjoyable and not a chore, which it had become for me. I looked at the same reasons you did Flying Camera, trying to justify and make sense of it all. I am comfortable with what I am doing photgraphically now even if I do get into a rut with it now and again. It's what makes you evolve I find. Take the successes when they happen, and don't be too hard on yourself if they don't.
It is a LOVE / HATE sort of thing. keep the love, or try to.
I cant and don't want to envisage a life without photography, it has been my passion since my dad gave me a Contax 11 in 1954 when I was thirteen, I am now almost seventy and it over the years both driven me mad and kept me sane, but without it it would only be existing not living.
I have sold my work in the past, and done freelance work, but only out of financial necessity at the time, I tend to measure my success by how satisfied I feel with the the results , and how close they come to my original concept.
I need to learn how to fix stuck shutters. I came across three Rangefinders with stuck shutters. A Konica, a Canonet and a Minister D. Had to leave them behind. They all wanted high prices for non-functioning cameras.
I did buy a Mini-Lux Mini-Cool for five bucks. I thought it was just a small lamp until it almost burned my house down. Now my lighting needs are fulfilled! But I need another tripod for it.
Then, at a junk dealer, I got a Weston Master II light meter for ten bucks and a Canon Speedlight 199a for fifteen bucks.
Keep a stiff upper lip, do not let lack of success(or preceived lack of success) by others get you down. Keep on doing photography and working hard at it, that is it's own reward afterall!! You do photography for yourself first and for everyone/everthing else second!!
I recently after 30 years making photos sold work to some collectors and got a meaningfull money paying gig(a first for me!!) so hard work does pay off. The thing thou is if you make photographs that make you happy that is all that REALLY matters.
I look at it this way all the good things I am and have become is a direct result of my photography and without my photography I would be a totally different person.
Just keep up the hard work and enjoying your photography and let the other stuff fall where it may!
Another gem. Thanx
Went to American Cancer Society Store in Walnut Creek. The clerk pulled out two big bags full of lenses. I paid $50 for a Canon TL QL and an AT-1. Both shutters work.
I left behind about a dozen lenses.
Not much on the internet regarding the Canon TL QL or the AT-1. I thought Canon was a good brand, but their owners don't seem to have much enthusiasm. Got the battery for the At-1 for $8 at Walgreen's, so I now have my first powered up classic camera.
I'm in a bad mood since I did a shoot this morning with no film in my Hi-Matic 9. A lot of work for naught.
That is commitment to one's profession.
Wow. Great shot.
Some people have social clubs, some have religion, some go bowling, I go photographing. When younger I'd go Scuba diving or flying but photography is less of a sucking sound than those. I limit it though hoping to have the money to travel but the garage door spring broke, the sewer got struck by tree roots and my truck has a differential problem, howling, and my Jeep just got a $840.00 clutch. So in order to travel I'll have to save all over, my money went for house repairs and auto failures. At least I kinda have my health.