My wife and I spent the weekend in Gig Harbor visiting an old friend. She's an artist who is retired from teaching drawing and painting.
I mention this because I'm reminded of something she asked me once. When she's drawing she does warm up exercises so the drawing flows more easily for her. She would also have her students in her drawing classes warm up before they would begin a drawing (I know this because I took a drawing class from her 173 years ago). So she asked me, as a photographer, do you have to warm up first?
I thought about that and realized that I actually do without realizing it. When I go out to photograph usually the first half dozen, or so images are of no value whatsoever. It occurred to me, that is me "warming up". Once those first few are out of the way, then I get into the rhythm and the images begin to flow.
So now I don't worry if it takes a while for things to make sense. I just let go and eventually the images will come.
The image above probably as nothing to do with this post, except that I'm sure I had to warm up before I got it. This is in the ruins of Northern State Hospital, a former mental institution in Sedro Wooly.
More next week.