I’m very grateful to those who gave me their time and effort in commenting on my “review” recently. Your comments may be more useful than you imagined.
I’ve been taking photos for nearly eight years now. It’s a fun hobby, but I’m increasingly dissatisfied with what I do and I want to take it in a different direction. If I don't, I fear I might just stop.
I need to rethink what this means and how I go about saying what I want to say - and that needs input, if only because I, like everyone else, have a blind spot about my pictures.
A friend once praised my pictures but complained that they had no soul. I took his comment to heart because I agree: photography to me is an intellectual exercise and a rather solitary one. [edit: by "intellectual", I mean "cerebral", engaging the brain, as opposed the long-haired, scruffy, lounging around surrounded by books definition, although this too has its appeal to me...] One of the reasons for being here is the feedback this community provides. Some of it is too polite, too cursory and (on occasion) too silly to be useful, however well-intended, but I do appreciate all of it and learn from the keen insight of some of the people here that I am fortunate enough to have as friends.
I’m going to try to get out of my cold, soulless photographic character and try different things. The above images, some reposts, but reworked ones, are examples of this attempt.