I’ve had a lot of changes happen in my life over the past 4 months. Some of which have led me to lose interest in the art of photography. Places where I’ve typically found inspiration have led to cynical thoughts. I have watched photography transition online to being less about the photo itself and more about what kind of gear is capturing the shot and a laundry list of sponsors. A photo posted online has become a grandstand to name drop. I miss the awe-inspiring photos that invoke an emotion. I miss the moment.
The silver lining is that lately I have found myself more immersed in adventure and travel - reasons that I initially got into this game. The last 2 months have been spent more on airplanes than in my San Francisco home. Items are rapidly being checked off of my bucket list. The upcoming two months will be spent in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austin, Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Spokane, San Diego, Chicago, North Carolina, and, my favorite, Iceland with Chris Burkard.
This article, by a huge mentor of mine, has made me excited about things to come. Having been without my camera for these past few months, I plan to pick it back up for upcoming travels. Thanks, everyone, for bearing with the recent lack of sharing photos. My vision, passion, and curiosity are very alive and well and I am excited to see how some time off will be revealed in my new photographs.
These words from the above article kickstarted this post:
I would even argue that knowing how to use a camera—and I have to be careful about how I say this—is almost irrelevant to being a photographer. The skill set involved with being a photographer is so much bigger than the ability to use a camera. In fact, these days, the cameras are so good that if you know how to use any of the automatic modes and can press a button, then you can make a sharply focused, well-exposed photograph. Is that what constitutes a good photograph? Not even remotely. It’s the vision, the passion, the curiosity. When you’re photographing people, it’s the patience, compassion, and the ability to relate to another person. All of that has so much more to do with making a photograph that connects with others than the camera. The most iconic photographs of the last century were made with cameras that don’t even touch what we have today.