I haven’t had much of a chance to do these Saturday morning musings lately, and I still don’t, but I want to get back to some sort of schedule again, as scattered as my musings may be right now.
It may be a peculiarity of mine, I don’t know, but I don’t care to classify myself as any particular type of photographer. I don’t like to limit myself as far as subject matter goes. My only concern is making a solid photograph of something that catches my eye.
I love nature and landscapes, but I’m not strictly a nature/landscape photographer. I love abstracts, and funky signs, and cool buildings and all that too, but I don’t strictly photograph those subjects either. I’m not a specialist. I just do what I do in my own peculiar way. That’s the kind of photographer I’m becoming.
I started out years ago as a nature photographer, and though I still love photographing the natural world, my vision has been changing over the years. I find myself photographing subject matter that never used to even catch my eye. Now that I’m right in the thick of LA I’m finding less ‘nature’ around me, though there are some pockets of it, but a lot of other subject matter. Almost more than I can grasp.
I was walking by a church down the street recently and spotted these hand prints in a doorway. Of course I stopped to shoot them (sorry Greg). Not that it’s any earth-shaking photo or anything, but there was a time, and not all that long ago, that I probably wouldn’t have even noticed them. Now I do, and I take that as a good sign. Maybe after all these years I’m finally learning to see.
It’s just my own feeling of course, but the longer I live the less I’m inclined to specialization as a photographer. I can see where if you are a working pro and are trying to build a name in a certain field, specializing may be necessary. But if you’re doing it mainly for yourself, if you’re working as an artist and expressing your own vision, specializing might just be an unnecessary limitation. What do you think?