Don’t Stop. Just Walk.

Conchita Fernandes

Conchita Fernandes

I recently came across an interview of Eugene Richards in The New York Times. One of the questions posed to him was how he started photographing. A part of his answer entailed the following… “I had a summer job at that time painting yellow barrels on the side of the road. It was effortless. I would paint my barrels and then walk across into the woods and take pictures of leaves and ponds. It was peaceful and I was filled with a sense of wonder. The slides came back and they were awful pictures, but I just remember the simplicity of seeing things and enjoying things…” he said.

Very often, and unknowingly, we set out with the camera with a specific intent in mind… Maybe to find a picture that could be worthy enough to be added to the portfolio you’re building, or maybe looking to add more visuals to your Instagram gallery. While there is nothing wrong in doing so, ask yourself this… When was the last time you walked out of your home, with your camera, having absolutely no idea of where you’re going or what you’re going to shoot?

I don’t think we give ourselves enough of an opportunity to truly enjoy and savour the things that we see on a day-to-day basis. The seeing is almost always instinctively succeeded by photographing the moment. Nothing wrong here, too. But sometimes, in times like these, the camera seems to occupy a more important place, instead of being just a recording instrument. We get so caught up framing the photograph that we lose out on the experience of relishing the moment. What if you didn’t stop and just continued photographing incessantly… not knowing where your next step is going to lead you to?

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Better Photography.

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