So it has been a while since I posted anything. I would like for things to be different but until I find another day job, this will have to do for the time being. I will just note here a couple of observations about photography and what it currently means to me.
First, my phone was stolen last year and given the prohibited cost of paying upfront its price as a consequence of not having insurance, I decided to live without it. It's been inconvenient no doubt, but mostly to others. I can always get a hold of someone as long as I have wifi...ay there is the rub. Having said that one can definitely make it without a phone in my opinion. Nothing is as important as our enslaved cellular mindset has made it seem for the last 15 years or so. Anyway, many will disagree. I do miss phone photography for sure, as it has always been my recourse for trivial, personal, and family photography. But overall not having a phone has made me a better photographer. When I don't have my camera as I drive, I am not constantly interrupted by updates, sms, unknown callers, and so on, and thus I have no option but to pay attention on what's going on. I make mental notes and then return to these places with a camera and all the intention in the world to record it appropriately.
Second, I have derived to a new place where I truly value the advice that I get from online sources, and thus, have cut many sources as they don't speak to me. As a result my lust for gear has diminish quite considerably and I am not so enamored with the latest and greatest. Quite the contrary, I shoot my film cameras much more. Not because of a conviction that analog photography is necessarily better, but I prefer it at times when having immediate product is not a priority. I shoot mostly for myself so there is no hurry.
Finally, I truly have come to the realization that you only shoot better once you follow your instincts with conviction. Sure advice is out there but you have to make sense of it and put it to work for you. And not the other way around.
It's good to write again about this light capturing business. 'Til next time. Thanks for reading.