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.
What I mean by the rabbit hole effect of non-converging verticals is just that I can't imagine shooting with a camera that never lets me correct the verticals. I have shot a number of very interesting (to me) photos with converging verticals when I specifically wanted that look.
What I was aiming for with this was just to express that feeling of frustration that I get periodically. When I make images, I'm generally happy with them myself; I just wonder sometimes why I'm doing it.