I posted a while back on whether a photographer should specialize or not, and it led to some pretty interesting comments. Personally, unless I decide to pursue a certain avenue of photography as a way to earn an income, I’d rather not specialize in anything but my own peculiar vision. There is too much interesting subject matter out there that tickles my eyeballs for me to choose a certain subject to concentrate on.
Sometimes I feel differently about a blog though. To my notion, the best blogs are consistent. They tend to be tightly focused — not necessarily on a certain subject matter, but a certain theme, whatever that theme may be. They’re consistent, and you usually know that a visit there won’t be a waste of time. To me this blog is drifting away from any sense of consistency. It feels scattered, which it is because I’ve yet to be able to establish any sense of normalcy or routine since I landed here in LA, and it feels like I’ve lost the handle on what I want it to be. I need to bring it back to what it started out to be — my thoughts and ideas about photography as a means of expression, as an art form. To me it feels confused, like I’m trying to go in too many directions at the same time.
Lately I’ve been posting quite a bit about my move to LA, and the transition from Montana to California, but that’s not really where I want to go with this site. I don’t think anyone really gets much from those kinds of posts other than an overwhelming feeling of relief that they’re not here too. But if I spend more time challenging conventional wisdom, if I can somehow challenge you readers to challenge the rules, to look into yourselves and find your own true visual voices, if I can give you something to think about, then maybe I have something to offer. Time will tell.
The photos I post here will be from LA and California simply because this is where I am now, but I don’t think a running commentary of my exploits and adjustments to life here in LA really has a place on this blog. If I feel I need to do that, and if anyone is really interested, then I’ll start another site as a side project and chronicle my time in LA there. It’s easy enough to do. I want to get back on track with this one. It’ll likely mean posting less while I scramble to resolve issues here, but so be it.
I’ll sign off with a question to those of you who regularly read this blog, and I’d greatly appreciate your feedback. What do you prefer to see in a blog — one that goes off into a wide variety of topics, or one that is more tightly focused along a certain theme? Which do you find more valuable to your growth as an artist?