In retirement there's often a lot of free time to reflect on building relationships that advance your photographic interests. It's hard to focus on just what that means until you actually pick up a camera and begin working. I guess the first relationship that's most important is your relationship to time and its use. Pick up that camera and shoot.
For the longest time I thought my perspective of Photography as essentially a relationship was sort of "out there" and esoteric. Yet in reading posts from my alma mater in the Philippines I found the following article:
Check it out and see that if you too find a deeper meaning in Photography as your chosen artform
As I've grown older in this infectuous habit called Photography it's become clear to me that images find me. Even when I consciously setup a scene and look at it from a number of perspectives I find that one of those views calls out and touches me beyond my conscious efforts to construct a scene. Again, it's a relationship to this thing in my head that guides my seeing. When we, the thing in my head, and I, my conscious self agree it's a feeling of sureness about what I see. Grounded in the relationship of my inner self and my conscious self the vision I record has already been seen. Is this the magic of photography, of art. I've heard it said that you know when your dealing with a work of art if you have unbidden feelings about what you consciously see; if feelings arise beyond your conscious ability to control their occurrence. Maybe the real skill of a master photographer is grounded in his ability to produce Art grounded in his relationship with that thing beneath his/her consciousness that negotiates the images that get reproduced.
It's been a long while since my last post and significant things have happened in my life. I've retired and entered a new relationship with life and photography. Relationships are continuous things and we seldom take time to review the point to point experiences of daily living so we can see the relationship. I guess being a Photographer has a similar feel in that one remembers the moments but seldom views the relationship one lives over time with your passion. I'm determined to take the time to peruse my relationship with this thing called Photography and work very hard to fashion it as I would want it to be. I wonder if this same directedness carries over with my relationships with my clients. Can they feel my focus on our relationship as it forms our photographic journey. Who thinks of shooting a job as part of the relationship with your client. What comes first? How is it formed and nurtured; can you see it in your images? I'm sensing that it is there in each shot.
Reaching for my reality of photographic relationships between the photographer and the subject.