stepping out of your comfort zone
Yes, it’s one of those annoying overused phrases, but it does the job, and better than anything else I can think of just now.
So, in photography, what good can it do? Is there any possible chance of discovering you have a talent for something that you simply don’t have the natural inclination to try? Or, is it one of those things that helps you in a roundabout, backwards, three months later kind of way, like when you go out with an eye trained on lines, or circles, or a particular colour?
Someone is trying to get me to shoot street portraits. Of strangers. It strikes me as being about as fun as, well, something I wouldn’t do voluntarily. I’m trying to find a possible incentive that might prompt me to go ahead with it and I’m really struggling. Is it for the excuse to interact with people, that you wouldn’t otherwise have? Is it for the result, a collection of images of fairly random subjects – to be able to look at them as a collection and say something about people in general? Is it about trying to show something, reveal something even, about a stranger: a test of your skill with the camera – or indeed your skill with people to get them to open up to you/the camera?
It brings me back to the question of choosing a subject: does it show, if you are interested or not? Maybe that’s badly phrased, of course it shows. Can you get around that? Is there any merit in pushing yourself to be interested in something new by setting yourself the task of shooting it?
Far, far more questions than answers. Maybe that’s a good thing…