Whilst some love photography in the streets, at demonstrations, festivals or any other event with throngs of interesting people to photograph, I’m quite the opposite.
For me, photography is a conduit for escape from the bustle of daily life, even from my own family.
As much as I adore them, I’m just someone who needs that alone time to let my thoughts settle, and let the quietude and beauty of nature restore and rejuvenate me.
I would go so far as to describe the solitude I experience when wandering out in the countryside, or rambling through an ancient churchyard, as sacred.
Here, the deity I’m worshipping is twofold – the nature around me, and solitude itself.
Without this regular solitude (perhaps once a week) I find myself irritable and antsy, and I begin to feel too enclosed and sucked into the chaos of life.
For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed this experience in some form.
I have a strong memory of taking part in cross country races at school and loved that feeling of running through the leaves and mud amongst the trees, with no-one in sight, only my own breathing and pounding feet audible amidst the forest quiet.
Since around 2005 I’ve nearly always wandered with a camera in my hand (or in my phone), enjoying the surroundings and the feelings of calm, but with an eye out for beauty I can capture photographically too.
In recent years I’ve been invited to a number of photographer meet ups, involving a wander round a town taking pictures, then a drink and chat afterwards.
I cannot imagine anything worse, so have politely declined.
But how about you? Do you like to photograph alone, in quiet places? Or do you enjoy photography in a group and/or in a busy environment?
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