I have been trying to figure out where my “photography mojo” went. For months now I have hardly picked up the camera. Why was I so enthusiastic then all of a sudden my gear was gathering dust.
After thinking long and hard (at some incredible strain to my single brain cell), I believe it must be the following answers. See if you recognize any in your own photography habits:
- Flickr as Competition – The beginning of the end must have been the curse of “Flickr Interesting”, my photographs were not interesting so I thought they were “bad”.
- Perfectionism – I became so obsessed with each capture being the best I could make it. Rather than take a “bad” shot I took no shots.
- Commercialism – Rather than enjoying photography as a hobby I decided to try to earn money from it. Each shot was judged on if it would sell rather than how pleasing it would be to my self. In the end, I didn’t take time to go out and take salable shots so didn’t take any shots.
- Peer pressure – The more I hung out with professional photographers and “critique” groups on Flickr the more I feared uploading my photographs in case people would judge me. What use are pictures that nobody sees?
- Internet Freaks – Due to horrible messages planted on family photographs I had to make a great deal private but it also made me feel weird about taking any more. My number one photography topic is of course my daughter but I didn’t like to share them.
What is the solution? I am going to go back to taking photographs for me. Enjoying the process. I get pleasure out of snaps and the memories they bring. What I do now is not art and not for sale. People can have their opinions but I am not going to let those opinions take priority.
I’m taking my hobby back