Future of (my) Photography

In the beginning, my blog was mostly about travel photography.  Then it was anything I could find to photograph close at home as I “practiced”.  Now I don’t know what to do next.

I use to be interested in documentary photography.  This actually started long ago when I would look at war pictures in old Life magazines.  Now I am appalled at what I see in documentary conflict photography.

I took to studying travel photography while traveling with groups when I had to be quick to capture all that I saw.  It was/is similar to documentary photography.

I started blogging so that I could share my travel pictures with those I traveled with and family, but few were interested.  I then started writing about what I learned as I tried different equipment and learned more.  That has pretty much ground to a halt since I’m not buying and trying much anymore.   Over time I kept obtaining better cameras and lenses.  A lot of my blog articles then became about various technical aspects of the gear.  Now I have reached a point where I can’t blame my deficiencies on gear, it is all on me.  In fact, the qualities of my cameras exceed my needs, especially if I don’t go somewhere to take pictures.

I have looked at a lot of different genres of photography hoping to see something that I could pursue.    I have looked for something that I could write about and take pictures and post about frequently … something that would keep me busy and interested.  I haven’t found it yet.

Maybe I will start a new photography genre … boredom.  They could be images of anything common around the house or wherever I go … along the street or maybe in the stores.  It might be the evolution of my practice photography.  I’ll just call it something different.  Maybe rather than “boredom” photography I’ll call it contemplative photography.  Oh, that already exists.  Hmmm, I wonder what the contemplative photographers would think.

This genre also seems to fit most of the “phone photography” images of others … lots and lots of images of whatever exists in front of them.  It is slowly dawning on me that this is what I have done … photographed whatever I saw.  It is just that my images changed over the years depending on what I did or where I went.  Should I call it boredom or contemplative photography?  Probably the term “life photography” fits better.

I know that I’m rambling but it is because I don’t know where I’m going, but maybe that is alright.  Well it might be alright for me but I’m not sure about you.  You may get quite bored at times depending upon what I photograph.  But then, you have an option.  You can move on even if I can’t seem to do it.  The more I think about it, my photography is just about life, my life.  It is just me capturing whatever I see, moment by moment, or day by day.  If it becomes bland or boring, it will be because I am getting more narrow in terms of what I see, where I go, etc., or that I am repeating images.  What you see is what you’ll get.

2 comments

  1. Dee

    I don’t think you should over think things. Those of us who visit your blog all take different things from it, so even though you may feel it’s not right for you on a given day, it may speak to others.

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    • John

      I am pleased that others sometimes enjoy my pictures, but I don’t do it for others. I take pictures for my own enjoyment, and since I also thrive on change I like to try different things.

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