Sometimes, I like to sit and think or stand and think. Either way, I am an introvert, so it comes naturally for me to need time to process life around me. I enjoy nature so much so that I do not know how good my life would be without it. Another part of my life that is important to me and I am protective of is my peacetime. I do not function, write or be a happy person without time to reflect and rest. I do realize that this all plays into the great adventures that I go on. The need to explore and take photographs of places around me. I need both, and surprisingly they go hand in hand in my life.
The creative side of my nature feeds off of the photography and writing. Photography takes time to learn and develop and the ability to see a good photo does not happen overnight. The development takes looking at other peoples photos who are better and seeing what they see. Reading books on photography helps too. My favorite book when I was starting out was “Digital Exposure Handbook” by Ross Hoddinott and “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson. They helped me understand the f-stops, lighting, and speed which function together.
And I like to look for what people overlook. The abstract, simple, intricate, lines and anything that will interest you and me. Mostly, it has to mean something to me and my vision. Photography and writing is a reflection of the artists’ life. Most people don’t recognize and or see the relationship. Most people don’t care they just either like the photo or not. Just as the writing, the story either says something to them or it doesn’t. Either way, I never expect people to really understand what I see. A few people will, but those are the writers, poets, photographer romantics on a similar journey.
My best advice is to not get upset if people don’t see color in your black and white. Developing your creative side and learning what works for you takes time and comes down to what is inside of you. Not everyone you meet will be supportive or have an interest in what you do. Keep your faith and learn to grow. I have been more of a late bloomer with my creative side. As the confidence in myself grew I laid down the old hang-ups. Don’t be surprised if your photography inspires you to write, paint or dream.
The traveling opens doors to the soul and you find people and places you didn’t know existed. My thinking burst the limits of my small town the moment I flew across the water. The moment I stood and stared out across a lake in the still of the morning covered in mist. I hope you find your adventure.