Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 71,058   Posts: 1,561,485   Online: 903
      
Page 4 of 6 FirstFirst 123456 LastLast
Results 31 to 40 of 59
  1. #31
    cliveh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Shooter
    35mm RF
    Posts
    3,470
    Images
    343
    Yes, 100% including darkroom work. I also believe this is so therapeutic that it could be employed more in therapy to relieve stress. Some years ago I suggested a college course for this very reason and it is an idea worthy of experimentation within therapy for people suffering from stress.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

  2. #32

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    428
    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Exactly... For me it's just a way to shut out the insanity of every day life, exhale, and find a place where I'm bothered by nothing. There is only the picture, and trying to do it justice. That, to me, is soul satisfying.
    Yup, and it's totally in line with my new life motto "Happily Ignoring The World (tm)"...

    http://street-photos.net/ | http://felinik.com/ | http://www.facebook.com/jf.felinik

    "The one with the most stuff when he dies wins"

  3. #33
    Hatchetman's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    688
    Images
    7
    Usually it is, but sometimes I think I need therapy because of it. I often get discouraged by my limited abilities.

  4. #34

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    An Aussie in Singapore
    Shooter
    4x5 Format
    Posts
    31
    I work for a digital high speed camera manufacturer and spend my days frantically making sure I don't miss the moment..which usually occurs in around 10ms. My job requires connecting cables, dealing with ethernet protocols, software, firmware and dealing with voltages and flickering lights. I love it and I feel I'm the most spoilt person on earth being able to do this, but it's a job and it's frantic.

    If I don't shoot with pure analog methods occasionally, I get physically irritated and mentally I can't concentrate in my normal job. This is to the point where a few nights ago I made my own cardboard LF out of a Manfrotto box and trace paper, and used a polaroid back (my 4x5 is being modified ATM) - simply because I "had" to shoot some LF..
    To me, this style of photography is absolutely therapeutic and I can't do without it.

  5. #35

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Utah Valley
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    275
    Quote Originally Posted by F/1.4 View Post
    Honestly I usually find it frustrating, rarely fulfilling, and exhausting.

    I'm not as good, thoughtful, or experienced as I want to be, and I feel selfish and nepotistic whenever I share pictures.



    ..Yet at the same time, I can't imagine what it would be like being into something else like cars or guns, or whatever it is other people are really into.
    Amen. I started photography because I can't play music, or draw or paint. But I still wanted to express myself creatively. I thought photography would be an easy way to do that; all you have to do is find stuff, point the camera at it, and push a button. Nothing could have prepared me for the amount of time and energy demanded to become halfway proficient at this. I can't turn back now though....

  6. #36
    sly
    sly is online now
    sly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Nanaimo
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,373
    Images
    222
    Photo-therapy! I'd be a basketcase without it.
    My work is intensely interpersonal and is often emotionally and physically exhausting. (Rewarding, challenging and fulfilling too, or it would never be worth it.)
    Hiking off into the woods by myself, or locking myself into the darkroom, and not having to talk to anybody for hours is an important balance. Slow photography soothes and recharges me. Even if nothing goes right, and I have useless negatives or botched prints at the end of the day, I enjoy myself.
    The computer, on the other hand, is the only thing that has made me weep with rage since my ex left the country.

  7. #37

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    mid-Missouri
    Shooter
    Pinhole
    Posts
    200
    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchetman View Post
    Usually it is, but sometimes I think I need therapy because of it. I often get discouraged by my limited abilities.
    Actually this can be a good thing. Everything you do and every effort out in the field yields practice and with that confidence and proficiency. It's all up from here.

    Steve

  8. #38
    ROL
    ROL is offline
    ROL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    California
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    794
    Actually, I find therapy to be photographic – but then I always prefer a good negative.

  9. #39
    Mainecoonmaniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    3,075
    Images
    6
    As long as there's transparency about your positives.
    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
    Aaron Chang

  10. #40
    vpwphoto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Indiana
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,114
    Blog Entries
    3
    Images
    7
    I used to find it therapeutic, but in the past year while carrying a camera, I pause to make an image, then sometimes stop and say, who is it for, will they care, and has it been done?

    I can make images of my children and wife, to preserve moments, feelings, or family history, but outside this and paying assignments, I am stagnated and conflicted as to why to create more work that is gazed upon with empty platitudes but no real connection to the hurried viewer or monetary reward through a print sale.

Page 4 of 6 FirstFirst 123456 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin