There is nothing wrong with simply satisfying yourself.
Originally Posted by vpwphoto
For example, here in Colorado, the one picture a landscape photographer has to take (and will be judged by) is Maroon Bells. It's the most photographed spot in the state. There are weekend mornings where there is hardly room along the lakeshore for another tripod. Ansel Adams did a wonderful B&W version. Now why would anybody want to take another shot of it? It's been done to death. Anyone can go out and buy any number of truly spectacular prints, even print some off Flickr.
Well, it hasn't been done by me, yet. I've tried and failed. I don't care about all those other guys. I want to make my own. I don't want to sell it - who would want to buy it? I just want to take a beautiful photograph that does justice to one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Maybe at this point you need to tell yourself you are doing it for yourself. Just for the shear pleasure of doing it.
“You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.” - John Galt
Definitely. I find trying to please clients can be tiresome. At times, they want me to knock off somebody else's work. There's a Blues saying "You got to be who you is. If not, you is who you ain't." Be true to your self. If you happen to make money at it, twice as good!
Originally Posted by pbromaghin
"Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
In my everyday life, I am forced to remain highly analytic and mostly linear in thinking. I am also forced to be cautious, safe, and take "do no harm" approach. I am also needing to look at the "big picture" and proceed accordingly. Once I'm in my darkroom, all that goes out the window - or I try to think as differently as I can. Behind the camera, since I'm mostly out in public, this kind of thing is not always possible.
Is it relaxing? NO. Is it refreshing? Often, YES. Is it therapeutic? I'm not sure about that one. I do enjoy using "the other side" of my brain though.
Concerning supportive significant other, I fully agree. I am lucky in that regard myself. We just need to remember to enthusiastically return the favor and support her interests as well.
Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?
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vpwphoto: Mid-life crisis when you wonder about the meaning of life and if anything has value after all. Try a good read of Ecclesiastes.
Another thing that helps is to give away your photography. By that I mean, print out some of the work you like, frame it and gift it friends and families. The appreciation and thanks you will get will kick you up to a higher level. And when you visit their homes and see your work on their walls, you will have a sense of immortality. Just like when you think about your kids. Good luck.
Generally, yes, but it's really dependent on if someone annoys me on the streets. Rarely does this happen, if I do get a reaction, it is generally positive or just a passing note. So yeah, usually going out and taking photos is therapeutic. On the other hand, editing and processing I find very tedious, sometimes disappointing (the photo I was excited about maybe didn't turn out how I thought). It is not fun for me, but after putting in that effort, and viewing nice prints or scans, I have greater appreciation and do find that somewhat therapeutic. I would be a lost soul without photography.
I did this sort of a few years ago... I (ebayed) some fine stuff with No Reserve to "get it out there"
Originally Posted by Alan Klein
I actually said "this a a very fine print, I am not 'discovered', own this piece of legitimate art, and who knows what your heirs will think about what you bought on a whim today"
I also used to travel a lot for Monsanto.. I shot a wonderful landscape in Minnesotta, I took a photo of the nearest mailbox, made a note of the road and zip code and sent it to the farmer a year later with my compliments. That was fun. Who knows what he/she did with it.
Sort of. Photography itself is not particularly relaxing for me. Going for a walk, for the sake of the exercise, is not relaxing at all. But when I combine the two I get in a few hours of ambling along, taking the time to look at stuff, stopping to admire the view, shooting off a few frames. The companionship, and the pizza and beer at the end of it is definitely relaxing.
Right now in Spain they're holding the Running of the Bulls,
followed by the Soiling of the Pants,
and the Burying of the Idiots.
I really enjoy taking pictures, procesing, even calibrating film to know what is needed to get the results I am hoping for.
Then the journey to make prints. I like it as well. Mixing the chems, slecting, the neg, proofing, work print, final print, either in b&w or color with my roller processor, or just mouting slides after a n e-6 run.
Then how to present it. Mount, matte, frame , or into protfolio, or mail away to whoever. Or just into a box to review whenever in the future.
The challenge for me right now is being short on time to indulge my hobby.
I am diligently saving and investing to bail on the rat race and retire early, when hopefully photogrpahy will find a large place in my retirement time.
my real name, imagine that.