A life without photography
by, 11-10-2008 at 11:58 AM (4133 Views)
Every so often, I go through a phase of wondering what my life would be like without photography. Without the giant sucking sound coming from my wallet that represents the hobby, what would I do with the money and the time freed up? I could take more vacations, go to more interesting places I haven't been to yet, I could get more work done around the house, heck, I could probably afford a bigger house!
I get this feeling periodically when I get frustrated with my progress or lack thereof in advancing my photographic career, and the lack of recognition I percieve. I wonder why am I wasting all this time and money on trying to do something which, rightly or wrongly, is un- or under-appreciated by anyone else but me.
Then I think about all those things I'd do without photography, and I realize that I can't imagine doing them without photography. I couldn't take a vacation without taking photos. I've gone too far down the rabbit-hole of large format to ever really be happy with pictures featuring sharply converging verticals or other perspective distortions. I've gone too far down the rabbit-hole of photography in general to ever be happy NOT documenting what I see when I travel, or even when I wander around the town I live in.
I also realize that a significant portion of my failure to accomplish something with my photography is my own fault- I need to get the discipline to get out there and promote myself and my work. So now I just need to take more photos and get them out in front of the public.