How Much Photography Is Enough?

As we spoke about recently, in recent months I’ve photographed significantly less than before.

I still consider myself an active photographer, even though I’m less active than any time in perhaps 15 years.

Even if I didn’t take a single picture in six months (incredibly unlikely) I think I’d still feel like a photographer because of how my mind and eyes seek out compositions and scenes that I find interesting and beautiful, regardless of whether I have a camera with me.

Being a photographer is as much a way of seeing and thinking and navigating through and processing the physical world, as it is simply being someone who uses a camera.

Enough photography, for me, is as much as I need, without feeling I’m neglecting it, or craving it, without that need being fulfilled.

How about you, how much photography is enough for you?

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6 thoughts on “How Much Photography Is Enough?”

  1. A beautiful post.
    Perhaps for you it is capturing and reflecting.
    For me it is creating. I feel a hunger whether it is painting, sculpture, or photography.
    Burt Cureton

  2. Nice post Dan. I think once you start actually seeing things photographically it becomes something you can’t abandon. It’s always there, wether you have a camera on you or not.
    I would also agree with Burt and the creating hunger. It’s an artistic output, a way to express how YOU see things.

  3. Dan, I learnt at a very early age that my creative pursuits were for enjoyment and to just follow along with where it all leads. For me my photography is about wanting to capture an image to view again. I put them on my laptop and have one image each day to enjoy again. I take enough photos so I am never bored with repeating images

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