Some years ago I stumbled across the phrase “how you do anything is how you do everything”. It took me a while to fully absorb and understand what it might mean, as surely we behave differently in different circumstances due to a wealth of variables?
But when I looked closer (and as I got older) I realised it became more and more true.
For example, for a long time I saw my day job as something temporary and to be suffered until I was somehow financially independent by other, more noble means.
So the work I did, I gave little thought to once outside of that work environment.
This doesn’t mean I was slapdash or shirked whilst working. It just meant that I didn’t give this area of my life much contemplation or analysis.
But now when I consider where I am with my day job, and how I work day to day, there are approaches and patterns that are very similar to other parts of my life.
When I photograph, I would describe my manner and approach as focused, methodical, steady, attentive, open and relaxed yet engaged and determined.
Which is how I am in my day job. Or how I make my lunch. Or rake up leaves in the front garden. Or watch a film. Or edit photographs. Or even how I shower, or am with my wife in close moments.
How I photograph, is how I live.
How about you? How do you photograph, and is it similar to how you do everything else?
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