In the last six months I haven’t made anything like as many photographs as in any similar period in perhaps six or seven years.
Partly this is because I just feel settled on the kit I now use.
Because I haven’t bought a new (to me) camera since July, I’ve not been constantly in camera tester mode, desperate to try out my latest acquisitions to see if they’re one percent “better” than the 97% wonderful cameras I already have.
To put this into context, in 2017 I bought about 25 cameras and 50 lenses.
In other words, now I know the cameras I have well enough to understand what they can do, when I do use them, it’s with deliberate intention, not just to rattle off some test shots or to make photographs to share to prove I’m still making photographs.
I got to wondering though, whilst my photographic output has slowed naturally, and for reasons as stated above, might there be some further benefit to a more specific photography fast?
What if I deliberately didn’t photograph at all for, say, a month?
At the end of it would I be desperate to return and snap like crazy for days to make up for it?
Would I have adapted to not making photographs with a camera, and made do with the photographs I always make in my head anyway, and consider extending the fast further?
What I like about my recent slow down in making photographs is that it feels completely on my own terms.
I’m using cameras when I want to, not when I feel I should.
That sense of control – but more than this the feeling of doing something without analysing why, when and how you’re doing it (or who you’re doing it for) – is a place I’m really enjoying being in.
I don’t feel the need for a more structured fast right now, but it’s something hovering in my mind for a potential future experiment.
How about you? Have you ever deliberately fasted from photography for a period of time? How did it go?
Is it something you’d consider trying if/when you felt stuck, or you felt you were just shooting for the sake of it without any real purpose or enjoyment?
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