Random Revisited is a series of posts where I use the WordPress random post generator to revisit a post in the 35hunter archives, then compare it with where I am now and see how my photography has evolved.
You can see all Random Revisited posts so far here.
This time around the random post is from August 2018 – Defining A New Normal In Photography.
I reflected on how three years previously I was shooting film with 35mm SLRs, having it processed and scanned at my local Asda, and uploading the best to my Flickr.
For my digital shots made almost entirely with a Sony NEX 3N and vintage lenses, I was using LightRoom to process but struggling to get a consistent look I liked.
I contrasted this with how I was shooting at the time of the article – entirely with digital compacts and processing with the Snapseed app on my phone or iPad.
What was normal for my photography in 2015 had changed significantly (but incrementally) three years later.
Where am I today?
So what does my photography normal look like today, another seven months on?
Not greatly unlike last August, but the most significant difference I would say is how I’ve taken on a project for 2019, shooting just one camera each month. It’s called, er, One Month, One Camera.
I’ve become even more curious about exploring the capabilities of older digital compacts that can be picked up for £20 or (much) less, and can still deliver not only lovely images, but a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Which flies in the face of the more mainstream notion that digital cameras must be replaced every 6-12 months and only those with the highest MP, full frame sensors, longest zoom range and most complex feature set will do.
My new normal then, is choosing a different camera each month, using it extensively, then deciding at the end whether it’s one I want to keep, with perhaps a shade of quiet self-satisfaction that my new (to me) camera cost me the price of a car wash, rather than the price of a car.
It seems that two of the strongest elements of my personality – being frugal and using what’s already in existence, plus being curious – are combining with my passion for photography and creating a satisfying and rewarding journey.
How about you? What does normal look like in your photography right now? Which elements of your personality come to the fore in how, what and why you photograph?
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