Where has this year gone already? The flowers are scorched and it won’t be long before the leaves start to turn. I can’t say I’m disappointed, I’m not a fan of the heat. The beaches down here are packed and the sea calm (I prefer some drama), not conducive to landscape photography. And wildlife photography requires some early starts or late finishes before everything becomes a bit active.
This year has been one of my most productive for photography helped by my Carn Marth project. It’s not about quantity but I have shot a lot of images this year, and there is some quality in there as well which I’m very happy with. With over fifteen years under my belt of photography though I have come accustomed to ‘peaks and troughs.’ Sometimes this can just be a lack of desire and other times a lack of opportunity where the rest of life and work seems to take over.
I’m at a point now this year where I’ve recently finished a wedding, am struggling to add to my Carn Marth project (but am still enjoying trying) and wondering what is next. I’ve learnt in the past where the desire starts to fade not to push it. I think the worst thing you can do is force yourself to shoot if you’re heart isn’t in it. One thing that my Carn Marth project has taught me is the importance of having something to focus on. With my camera club there will be field trips and competitions to focus my mind on, but some careful reflection is now needed to think about what I want to achieve next.