Blog Entry No:1 - Starting Again
I always took my camera with me all the way to London and then back home and then back again but I had stopped taking photos. I was barely ever taking it out to shoot something. And even when I did, I didn't feel satisfied with myself, so I would just end up leaving all of my files, processed or not, in Lightroom and never export them, let alone post them anywhere.
Pressure was building up for me anyway because I did want to go out and make good looking and interesting photography but I was thinking too big. I was planning elaborate photo-shoots with models, lights, assistants - the lot, but that wasn't going to happen just like that. That requires more organization (sometimes even funding), and me planning these kinds of shoots shouldn't be stopping me from still taking pictures. Chase Jarvis puts it well in a blog post of his, where he talks about how one shouldn't shoot exclusively for their portfolio. It's good to have one, but edit for it, instead of shooting exclusively for it, and that way your work develops.
[Note: Chase is a very inspiring individual, who you should definitely check out if you don't know him already]
However, there is one person I have to give my gratitude to, as he was the one who made me snap and actually do things for a change instead of just planning to.
He asked me whether I had been taking photos lately since he hadn't seen me post anything recently to my Facebook photography page. I had no answer. No reason. So I got to it.
I went out to scout and I came back at the right times to shoot these couple of landscapes. Me? A landscape photographer? Almost never. And I don't think I am good at it, but I was inspired by the landscape and the view and the (perhaps unintentional but helpful) nudge from a very dear and respected friend. Once again, thank you! Otherwise I would have probably only done this next month.