Its been sometime hasn’t it, since I last posted a blog.
Why, do you ask? Well I lost my ‘mojo’ for photography. It just seemed to drift away from me. So much going on the UK, not too mention Brexit, then a UK election, more terrorist activity and the constant rather boring “get this camera, get that camera” shows on You Tube and blogs, to improve your photography. Well you all know where I stand on the political issues, if you have been reading my tweets on @streetwisetimes and as for the camera scenario well I still think its the eye (your eye) that makes the photograph NOT the camera whether you use a Leica (if you can afford their ridiculous price tags) a Canon, a Nikon or my chosen brand the Fuji system. Even Fuji despite their belief in “Kaizen” and regular upgrades have fallen foul of the race to improve the camera for better imagery.
I’ve recently taken up cycling mainly to get me fit and to lose some weight rather than sitting on my ass editing photos and watching the TV. Whilst out on the road its given me time to think about photography and other issues. Its amazing what you can do and come to terms with whilst riding a bike.
Although I continued to take photos nothing really came out of the camera that was worth shouting about.
Maybe I was getting too critical of my work. Not a bad thing to do really, to my mind that shows you have learnt from past experiences and looking for something maybe different than last time. That “Wow” factor if you get my meaning. Photography is all about getting out there to improve on your last performances thats the ay the pros look at it you can continue to take the same thing all the time – to my mind you just get stuck in a rut. Thats not to say that if you are a ‘pro’ you probably have to maintain the standard and style which have become known for; especially the wedding and portrait photographer. But if you study the freelance photographer they are always looking to do better than last time.and the Camera doesn’t do that for you. You have to com to terms with what you have done and want to do in the future and that must e to improve.
Photography is not an exact science. So its imperative that you go out with a fresh mind to try something new and different. That was my problem I couldn’t do that. I couldn’t see the new idea. So the camera stayed in the bag for the majority of the time and the bike became my best friend and still is (to be honest).
Only though, just recently after having an opportunity to go out and about with some good friends talking about photography showing some tips to them, have I found my interest in making photographs coming back to me. Especially just this last weekend, when my wife and I visited Hastings on the coast of East Sussex.
Hastings I’m sure is going through a major overhaul with what appears to be an investment of money and improvements to the seafront. When I last visited there, it was an old, tired south coast seafront town which frankly looked to me as if it was due to die at any moment. But not now. The old pier which burnt down a few years back has been redesigned and built again and with a recent award for its design seems to of given Hastings that leg up it need to build on itself again. What an amazing design the pier is. I hope it remains that way. The weather was superb which always counts for something but the atmosphere was really upbeat with the lanes, shops, restaurants and cafes all seem to be doing good business. Not too mention the market celebrating their Herring festival. It truly was marvellous to experience it all.
Taking photos as we walked around the town, got the juices flowing both with my Fuji X-Pro1 and Xf35mm 1.4 lens (Probably my favoured set up now) and also with my iPhone 7 using the Hipstamatic app : All the images shown here are using the Janes Lens and Ina’s 1982 lens filter.
One thing I have learned during this rather long sabbatical from photography is not to push it. If the photography eye is not with you don’t force the issue to try and make it work. Photography will come back to you but remember thats not by buying a new camera or lens you have the equipment, stick to what you know. Wait for that moment to come back to you. Look to improve from your last foray out with your camera. Don’t take the same old ‘stuff’ cos’ it’s a trusted and known path for you. Get out of your comfort zone, learn from past mistakes and bad photos, be hard on yourself, think of what you have taken and what you might like to take. I’ll say that again – Be ‘really’ hard on your self.
But above all, rather than ‘plod’ your way through continued photo’ trials, in the hope that something will turn up:
It’s good to take a break!