"The Lure of Diminishing Returns" from A Lesser Photographer

Discussion in 'Philosophy of Photography' started by BBW, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Thanks to flysurfer's pointing out A Lesser Photographer's Manifesto, I subscribe to the blog... The latest entry The Lure of Diminishing Returns | A Lesser Photographer is, to me, quite thought provoking.

    Here's a quote:
    See what you think, and it will take you to this article originally in the New York Times: Kwaku Alston's Rebirth in Venice - NYTimes.com

    An excerpt below:
    Maybe this will help us in The Single In July, as well as in our day to day photographic lives.
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  2. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Can't believe I missed this post! :eek:

    Thanks for the link BB - you're right it is apt inspiration for our Single in January challenge. Might be good to post some inspirational stickies in the Image Quest Forum for when folks are feeling down in the dumps during these longer challenges...and this would make a good one - from experience the lustre wears thin come day 10 and onwards on a PAD challenge and you need something to help you break through that fugue state :wink:
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  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Feel free to copy any part, Mark... Just include the hyperlinks.:drinks:
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  4. Grant

    Grant Veteran

    Nov 12, 2010
    Lunenburg Nova Scotia
    In my twenties I had a job, it was a good job, my coworkers were great people and I liked it but it was a job. It didn't challenge me or excite me so I developed an outside passion. I fell in love with photography and I was good at it but more important I was passionate about it as it lit a fire in my heart. With the support of family and friends I took the plunge switched and started making money off my passion. Within two years I had developed my passion into a job, a good job working with nice people but it was a job and I had to develop a new passion or wither. In the end I went back to my old job and abandoned photography for about thirty years. Now my passion for photography has returned and when asked by others to do a commercial shoot I politely decline and I say, "To like what I shoot, I only shoot what I like!"
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  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Grant, thank you. :flowers_2:
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  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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  7. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    For many the dream of turning one's passion or hobby into a career can be a great experience but for others it can turn one's passion into a loss of that passion. The pressure of the business aspect can turn what one dreamed about into a nightmare. I have told many who have asked that one does not need to be professional to be a photographer, you can be an photographer no matter what one does to pay the bills.
    I still love my profession and get excited with each project,but I do have to admit though, there are those days where I did not want to pick up a camera to shoot for myself, burned out by the idea of holding a camera.
    I do not feel the need to setup goals or projects for myself to keep me interested but I do find the whole world of serious compact cameras to be one of the things that gets me shooting for myself. I no longer have any desire to drag out all of my pro gear ton vacation or run around the street shooting what sparks an interest.
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  8. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Glad you do - still love your profession and enjoy the whole world of serious compacts, as well, Bob. It's great to have both!
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  9. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Great thread! Thx for sharing your thoughts!!