Walking is often a time to contemplate decisions or recent life events but the most beloved walks are those which occur totally in the moment. If asked what I was thinking when taking a certain photo it’s often like that as well. Better photos are often taken without thought or decisions but from the “gut” — in the moment.
Recent heel pain and a long allergy season left me unwilling to walk much these last few weeks but Saturday I felt the need for contact with nature and to again connect with photography, so, I headed to a local park with our dog Maggie. Foster, our other dog, has leg issues that prevent him from being as active but Maggie will willing jump at the chance to go anywhere.
My last visit to this park saw plants just beginning to bud and bloom. This visit found all the signs of late spring in evidence. Even Maggie stopped to smell some of the flowers.
Maggie was adopted as a puppy from a canine rescue center. We think in those early days she lived in fear of the other dogs and perhaps never got first choice of food. As an adult she always wants to be first or in the lead but seeks approval, love and acceptance. It took several years before she would look us in the eyes but seems well behaved and adjusted now. How much of her behavior is her nature and how much is environmental?
As a photographer I somethings consider the relationship of making photos for ourselves and a need to seek approval of those works from those who’s opinion we value. Wisdom says shoot from your own values and vision but who among us doesn’t want authentication or validation of our views and our labor? If there was absolutely no need of validation would we ever post even a single photo to a blog or exhibit one in a gallery show?