I know, I know – it’s been over a year since I’ve written a blog post.
Have You Given Up?
I got asked recently if I’ve given up landscape photography. I’ve not updated this site or my facebook page with anything of note. I jokingly tell friends I’m above it all now since I won IPF Photographer Of The Year in 2019 – buts that’s just to wind them up a little. Thankfully, I can announce that I haven’t given up in anyway shape or form. Then what have I been doing all this time?
I’m glad to admit, I’ve been happily snapping away in my free time albeit a little less regularly than before. Personal free time has become less & less available as my two young daughters grow a little older but I’m o.k. with this. They will always come first and it will only be a few short years before I’m not needed nor wanted around the house as much.
I think my personal journey is a cycle I’ve seen repeating itself in the Irish Landscape Photography scene regularly. Young photographers start out with great interest and motivation. They become proficient quickly, post everywhere on social media and then slowly after a couple of years seem to drift into the back ground much the same as I have. I don’t know if this is a result of dwindling motivation or other commitments such as my own but I see it all the time.
I went through a stale spell last summer where I had absolutely no interest in making images. Thankfully some friends dragged me out of the rut and forced me back into the field. I’m managing to get out maybe 2/3 times a month & usually with this group of friends from my camera club. It has become a social pastime right now which is enjoyable.
The longer I’ve spent learning, the more selective I’m becoming with my own work. I’m taking less images, I’m processing fewer, and I’m certainly showing a bare minimum. Being out less is also hindering my percentages of getting great light but again I’m o.k. with this as I am enjoying the outings – especially the big Irish breakfasts afterwards.
A New Adventure
I did start a little Youtube Vlog – You can see it here. I found my blogs were slowly and surely getting less and less traction especially since Facebook started to limit post numbers. Another, reason I’ve not put much effort into writing on here! Too much effort for only 10% of people seeing it.
It’s been extremely unsuccessful and I have no-one to blame but myself. I’m not what you would call a natural in front of the camera and it is all very alien and uncomfortable. Most times I’ve put the photography before the vlogging – if the light is good and changing quickly, I ditch the video & try and get a decent image. Concentrating on both at the same time is very difficult. I’ve started vlogging on many occasions and given up half way through to make sure I’ve gotten the image instead.
Speaking to yourself is something I’m really struggling with and find myself rambling. I don’t like videoing myself when I’m around others which has meant that oftentimes I’ve been out and not bothered videoing again. There is a huge amount of post-production work as well which doesn’t help when you are already struggling for time. Finally, I haven’t been posting these vlogs in any regular manner.
Launching a Vlog probably wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made but it’s done now. I’m going to continue purely as a personal challenge and I hope someone, somewhere get s a little help from it.
So that’s it – I’ve popped in a few of my favourite photos from the last while below. See you here again in another year or so….