What Matters Most

What matters most with photography for me is quite simple.

It has little to do with the camera I have with me, its maximum aperture, highest ISO or how many frames per second it can capture.

No, what matters most is simply having the time and the freedom to wander with a camera in the English countryside, exploring the tiny details I find interesting and beautiful.

It’s the kind of walking meditation that calms and rejuvenates me after a week (or more) of everything else in life.

A simple spiritual reconnection, both to solitude, and the natural world around me, that can’t be replaced in quite the same way by anything else I know.

How about you though? What matters most for you with photography?

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6 thoughts on “What Matters Most”

  1. I understand where you are coming from… I miss my walks. Now that I work from home, I don’t get to have them anymore… there’s always something to do during lunch break.
    To me, I think, it’s the creative expression, a creative outlet. So it’s probably no coincidence that since I’ve been playing more guitar the last few weeks, I tend to photograph less.
    When I do photograph, the look of the pictures is what matters most… if it took a fast or slow lens, a high or low megapixel count, or whatever else, it’s no longer of importance and all that matters is the end result. The technical details are just what enables me to get what I want.

    1. Trying to protect and respect time for ourselves is pretty hard if you’re living with a few others, but arguably even more important as it feels like there’s always something going on that needs your attention. I’ve also found my creative outlet(s) have switched and evolved over time. I used to dabble in painting and music before I photographed. Writing in some form or other has been a constant for decades, not least of all because it’s so accessible, whether it’s pencil and paper or keyboard.

    1. Thanks Frank, appreciate your comments. That photograph was one from my beloved Pentax K100D with its CCD sensor that renders colours more satisfyingly than any other camera I’ve used (aside from its Pentax CCD siblings!)

      I have certain walks I go on repeatedly and often see something that sparks a memory of a photograph of how the place looked before, and how it’s now different. Yes, every photo we take is in some way a personal historical document.

  2. Why I like taking photos with my iPhone is to stop and pause and appreciate something that has taken my attention that I want to appreciate even more by looking back on it later. Sometimes much later

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