During the winter months – which here are December, January and February – it feels like my photography slows down to match the season.
Whether this is true in terms of the number of photographs I make, I’m not sure.
I do have photos saved by month for last couple of years, but these are just those that remain after fairly ruthless editing, and don’t show all those I made then deleted.
So looking at the total per month won’t give all that useful a statistic.
But aside from the number of photographs, the pace feels (even) slower too.
Partly this is because it’s generally much colder, so perhaps photowalks are shorter, and during those walks, my hands are exposed less, buried in pockets to stay warm between captures.
Overall, I think this has a positive impact on my photography.
Again it’s difficult to make any qualitative comparisons, it’s more of a hunch, a feeling.
Logically, if I’m getting the camera out less frequently, it follows that to prompt this at all, a composition needs to be worth capturing, and I’ll make fewer experimental or throwaway shots.
Also, winter is often my favourite season for photography, because everywhere is more stark, more bare.
It suits my minimal outlook and approach better than, say, being in a garden full of blooms in high summer with a thousand possible photographs within just a few feet.
Combine this with using only digital compacts (again with colder temperatures I don’t want my cold digits to be fumbling with SLR controls, I just want to compose and capture, or point and shoot), that give me results I love straight out of camera, and the overall process is more simple and streamlined than in spring, summer and autumn.
How about you? Do you make fewer photographs in winter? How does your photography approach and output evolve over the different seasons?
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