For a hobbyist photographer like myself, I often wonder about the direction of my photography. My re-entry into digital photography, beyond my old habit of quick snapshots, was focussed on landscape. I love landscape photography, but it was also chosen because of the availability of potential subjects. I was living in a more remote part of the country, and it seemed like a good idea to capture the beauty as I explore the area. While I haven't given up on landscape photography, it has definitely taken a backseat to street photography.
It was easy for me to jump into street photography after moving back to the city, since I love people watching and aimless wandering. The city is alive and provides an limitless amount of subjects as people come out of the woodwork especially in the summer. Some of my shoot locations might be the same, but it's never really the replicated as I watch different people interact with each other and their environment. It would be very difficult for me to get bored with street photography; however, I can't simply put a genre of photography as my goal.
Sometimes I feel like an impostor in my pursuit of photography. Perhaps it is because I don't have a fine arts degree or arts background, so I don't feel like I belong. It's a difficult area for me to navigate as I try to traverse through an unknown subject. How do I get better and why do I even need to get better at my craft? I guess this is the crossroad where my practicality meets my romantic concept of photographic art. Where should the my photography journey go from here and why? My OCD wants to know!
I have given the question some thoughts, and my plan is a work in progress. First on the agenda is a more coherent set of photographs with a specific idea in mind. I have started to take pictures with this idea, and I was hoping to get these images out sooner rather than later. Stay tuned for more! Off I go to take more pictures. Until next time!
All photographs in this blog entry were shot with Leica M-A and Leica 35mm Summicron-M F2 on Ilford HP5 Plus at box speed of ASA 400