If you had to make a photograph today, what would you make if…
Circumstance 1: If there were no limitations, and you had the skills and equipment you needed?
Circumstance 2: You had to make a photograph right this minute…from where you are sitting or standing, or perhaps within 50 ft., with the equipment you have available, and within the next half hour?
In essence without limitations, what and how would you be photographing? and then, within strict limitations, how would you respond photographically? The circumstances above will affect your learning process, “color” your experience, shape the resultant images.
Contemplate who you would like to be and what you would like to make as a Photographer, and in the mean time (because many of us have not gained the skills/are missing critical gear/are faces with any number of logistical obstacles) how can you respond pro-actively to the goal of a photographic life? …right here and now…
Learn to love the process of capturing images and seek those subject matters that resonate best with your vision. How can you grow as a Photographer, no matter the circumstance, every day?
As an example, perhaps you long to take action shots on the soccer field. Is there something in eyeshot of your kitchen that may speak to your process of shooting (the laundry whipping in the wind outside the kitchen window), or may support your interest in the game (the bin of balls in your garage, the pick-up game in the street, your neighbor who happens to be the mother of your son’s coach), or perhaps open your mind to a new way of seeing (what in your vicinity is round-shaped, from what angles might you approach that round thing, on which planes might it lie in its current environment to make its presence most engaging within the whole?).
Exercise your photography daily. Space and time and circumstance are rarely inhibitors when you acknowledge that any and all photographs have the potential to be growth opportunities. By practicing your medium in the here and now, daily, however you can, with your goals in mind, you’ll be closer to accomplishing your vision every day.