Josef Koudelka, one of the great photographers of our time, wrote:
“You have to photograph daily, like a pianist who must practice every day. You must retain the ability to capture what you’re seeing. Otherwise you will be blind, even though you can see.”
Actually, I read that quote in German, and assume it was translated from his native Czech. I’m sure it’s more elegant in his mother tongue…
I am getting so little time to photograph these days that I am seriously concerned about losing the ability to express myself creatively. To really capture what you see, especially when shooting people, means the camera must be an intuitive extension of you. As soon as you start fretting about the gear, and thinking about adjusting, you’ve lost the shot.
The problem is that I’m not shooting every day. I have to admit that my entire family is very supportive. They like many of my images, and encourage me to go out shooting more frequently. Especially The Listmaker says “Honey, go out and shoot for a couple of hours” but that doesn’t really work. It is impossible (for me) to simply slip into photographer mode between two business meetings. My mind is working on the business side, and can’t just switch over to creative mode.
…but I have pledged myself to try, and will make a point of carrying a camera with me as often as is reasonable. There are a lot of circumstances where it is inappropriate, of course… but having it with me will leave me with fewer excuses!
Snapshot of the day: