I never agreed with the phrase there’s no such thing as a stupid question. There is. And I also don’t agree that there’s no such thing as a bad photograph. But I don’t agree that there is a correct way to take a photo. Usually I think that a bad photo is caused by wreckless composition or lack of a definite story or subject matter. Sometimes that story or subject matter comes to you as a feeling. A feeling that you cannot convey in words but is a representation of what you felt when you saw that thing or scene, or person.
I recently got myself into a position where I would resist the urge to take a photo of something seemingly meaningless, partly out of laziness and partly out of thinking that I’m now beyond that and want to take more ‘serious’ photos, and make a living from photography. But that impulse is something that I realised that I have to listen to as otherwise I may end up losing why I got into this in the first place. Sometimes it may be a photo of an upturned shoe, or a leaf on the pavement or a big pile of old wood. Maybe you’ll never use that photo for anything, but at the time it had meaning.
Why should taking photos be any different to having a chat? Some conversations will be remembered for the rest of your life, and some will be forgotten for eternity but at that time you had something to say, something to get out and if you don’t react, you block your flow. Taking photos of what you want, how you want is you expressing yourself, allowing yourself to listen to and respect your inner voice. I urge anyone reading this to take that picture when you hear that voice. Try spending a day only taking photos of things that you seem to be drawn to by impulse. It is an exercise in listening to yourself and building confidence in your own vision.
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Here are a few of the meaningless photos that I have taken over the last couple of weeks in India. I’ve edited a few of them a bit in Lightroom, to try to get it closer to how I saw and felt it at the time.