A photowalk I would define as any walk where you have the intention of deliberately making a photograph.
These can vary greatly in length and time, and yield anything from dozens, even hundreds of images, to none at all, if nothing worthwhile presents itself.
I confess I’ve found the inconsistent fruits of the photowalk a struggle at times.
A 15 minute wander around a local church might inspire 10 or 15 photographs.
On the same day and with the same equipment, a two hour walk somewhere else might only give me one or two images.
Here are some of the difficulties I’ve had –
- Ending up with very few photographs from a substantial (in time and/or distance) photowalk can feel very disappointing, and like a reflection on my (in)ability to make a decent photograph.
- Restraining from making photographs just for the sake of having some when opportunities aren’t manifesting can be difficult. Again, the motivation being – I “should” have something good to show for this walk.
- The overall feeling that photography is not so much about knowledge and use of your camera(s) but being able to seek out compositions to capture where others might not see any. Then not seeing any.
Over time I’ve learned better how to deal with these.
Whilst I like making beautiful pictures, I feel it’s important not to judge the “success” of a photowalk by how many great images it yielded.
It’s far more helpful to consider more simply – did you enjoy it? If you did, it was worthwhile.
What are your feelings on this? Do you sometimes find a short walk yields plenty of images and a longer one ends with nothing to show for it? In short, how do you deal with the inconsistent fruits of the photowalk?
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