Did You Take a Photographic Holiday?

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Or did you take a holiday from photography?

The more important question would probably be, whichever route you decided to take, did you use the extra time over the festive season to add value to your photography?

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Now the first thought that pops up might be that extra photography time, more photography time, is a good thing and the more you do the better you get.  Sure, practise makes perfect but I believe that there is also a great deal of value in taking time away from the craft to reflect, reassess and reset the creative side of things.

As I see it your camera does need practise, or in this case a break from photography.  As the photographer, you are the one cog in the creative wheel that will ultimately make or break an image.

For the majority of people time to focus on their photography, without the ‘bother’ of having to do a real job, is invaluable and they will more than likely improve certain aspects of their game.  It’s a pure numbers game in that the more images you shoot the more keepers you will have.  It’s really as simple as that.

The flip side of the coin is to take a break from photography, a holiday.

Step away from the gear, the planning and and everything else to to with photography in order to improve, to refresh, to renew.  Might sound strange but hear me out.

By taking a break from photography you won’t have that little photographic voice pushing you to look at a scene ro subject in a specific way.  Make no mistake, I love my photographic voice – we have a great relationship – but it does make you look at the world in a certain way.  A photographic way.

This is not a bad thing but it does stop you, the normal non-photographic you, to take a backseat and it is this you that drives, that inspires the photographic you.

By taking time to focus on the real things in life you will be surprised how, when you return to photography, you will have a new drive, a new vision and a helluva lot of new ideas.  Sure, there are going to be times that you think ‘damn, I wish I had a camera right now‘ but by having the non-photographic you run through all the possible shots you could have taken you will find your mind will take you in new directions.  Directions you will not necessarily get to when you have camera with you.

There is no right or wrong answer, only what is right for you so however you approached your holiday I hope you feel refreshed and ready to push your photographic self to new creative heights.

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Now it’s your turn.

Which road did you choose to go with?  Did you take a photographic holiday or a holiday from photography?  And why?

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt


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  1. Sabine

    That’s easy for me – when we are on motorbike-trips, I do not have a camera with me. As a pillion, I have plenty of time to watch the landscape, the towns and the people, to enjoy it and to be happy to live in such a wonderful country…. And I am getting a lot of new ideas for photography – and am looking forward to the next trips by car…. when I have my camera with me 🙂

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