In a former chapter of my life I trained as a life coach, and the core model we used was very goal centred.
This worked very well for some projects, those where you are looking for a specific, measurable outcome, within a set time frame.
But goals just don’t fit in many parts of life.
Including, for me, photography.
I prefer my photography to be aimless.
This doesn’t mean I shoot recklessly without any consideration or continuity.
Every shot I make I hope will be one that I like, am proud of, and feel is worth sharing.
Of course my keeper rate is drastically less than 100%, but the intention is there with each composition before I release the shutter.
The main purpose of photography for me, isn’t so much about photography at all.
It’s about wandering the countryside and enjoying the benefits that brings to my physical health and state of mind.
Having a camera with me is almost an excuse.
If I return home without a single shot, then I’ve still had the experience of the walk, and the hunt for things I find interesting and beautiful.
This is why short photowalks don’t work for me either, for example in a lunch break at work.
They’re too time oriented, too expectation heavy.
A certain amount has to be done within a very tight period, so it removes the ability to relax, amble, and really immerse myself in the experience, without the boundary of time.
So for the foreseeable future I can’t see goals forming a part of my photography. I’ll just continue along aimlessly!
How about you? Do you have specific goals for your photography – either within each session, or longer term? Or do you take a more aimless approach like me?
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