Thanks everyone for the feedback.
One thing I need to clarify is what I mean by perfection. It may or may not have been clear but just in case - it is not perfection in the subject I seek. For me the vernacular, seemingly mundane spaces around us are what I'm drawn to. There is nothing perfect about any of them. It just annoys me when there is something that gets in the way of presenting the space. Perhaps it is because of the nature of the subject matter. It is difficult to get people to notice the space around them because they see it all the time without paying much attention. So I try to remove as many distractions as possible. But I think what has happened is I've recently gone overboard on that.
Barry, you might be right about the freedom I have to take forever, as I don't do this for a living or have any real deadlines. One thing I've actually considered doing this summer is trying to enter a few photos in magazine competitions (even though I have no interest in "competitions"). At least it gives me a deadline to shoot for.
Christopher thanks for your thoughts on this. It all makes sense to me philosophically. My challenge now is to put it into practice!
Matt, I was thinking of something along those lines, for example walking around without a tripod for once and making pictures on the street without all the scouting and pre-planning.
So I've kind of decided my summer project will be to correct this before it goes too far, trying to get back into more of a rhythm, allowing myself to focus on what initially drew me to the subject instead of obsessing over little things that probably have no material detrimental impact.
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