Grounds For Divorce?

Grounds For Divorce?

I’m sorry, but I’ve been so busy lately that my reflective self has been pushed out of the way by the more hungry, generally more demanding practical self. Don’t get me wrong, busy is good, (epically when its photography orientated, which this is), but it does take me away from the pleasure of sitting down and browsing my holiday achieves, re-immersing myself in the multitude of experiences I had on location.

Now whilst musing this pleasurable activity, my attention wandered and I gradually became more and more uneasy with the common mantra expounded by photographers when reflecting on such matters. I donât like to spend time on the computer! On the surface this statement seems rather reasonable. It seems to simply highlight, that it’s more pleasurable to be in a frosty field at dawn, than bashing your head against a computer on a wet Friday afternoon, trying to unsuccessfully make the thing do as you tell it. But, ironically this statement has a bitter twist of a rejecting computer based technology without recognising what it has to offer. But not that computer based technology that works in a field at dawn! Itâs ok to hate those dam complicated things that always go wrong , but what about those ones that you place on top of a tripod? No, there are entire magazines and web forums dedicated to that type of computer. Alas with the twist of lemon, there is also a dash of lime in the mix: the pride (insecurity) at getting it right in camera seems a defence mechanism to a deeper issue, but that contentious topic would get me going for hours! So I’ll leave it for now.

Anyway moving this along… For me anyway, this time meandering my archives, not only sparks those memories and experiences that I had when on location, but it also helps me reflect on what I was trying to achieve and evaluate its effectiveness. This time using the big C word, is very helpful as a post shoot reflective analysis, I’d personally argue an absolutely necessity to view your efforts after having made them, to improve the personal reflections and evaluations, an essential element to learning!

Donât get me wrong, I understand why so many landscape photographers announce this mantra in articles and personal statements, I do understand why they prefer being out in the landscape where they can experience the elements first hand, in preference to being cooped up inside slaving over a hot VDU, but to disregard such a large part of the learning process I feel is a little naive.

Anyway, I must get off this computer, before it becomes grounds for divorce…