I managed to not post anything last week. That's because I was no where near an internet connection. Some friends and I were on the Washington coast. From Lake Ozette we hiked out to Cape Alava, part of Olympic National Park, and spent a couple of nights. Considering we were on the Northwest Coast in winter, we had surprisingly decent weather. Yes, it rained but we also had plenty of dry times and even some sun breaks. A fun trip.
My problem was that I went out there with some preconceived notions what I wanted to photograph. Turned out I didn't have the right lens for what I had in mind and nothing showed itself the way I imagined. Such is life, right? It took me a while to remind myself that is was OK to photograph other things.
What I had in mind were waves. Yes, I got a couple of OK images but nothing like the Pulitzer Prize, NEA Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, MacArthur Genius Grant images I saw in my minds eye. Such is life, right?
So the lesson in this for me is; stop doing that! Don't go out to make photographs thinking you know what you'll come back with. Most of my best images are ones that I serendipitously stumbled on. You'd think I'd know that. Such is life, right.
More next week.