Things are slow in the UK Street Photography bubble at the moment , the cold UK summer temperatures, Brexit blues and the lower footfall on my preferred locations has not enhanced my photography experience , I’ve picked up the “odd” shot here and there,but nothing to write home about. I have to admit that my preferred happy and optimistic approach has deserted me for a more pessimistic, not seeing it, or feeling it outlook !
My State Of Britain project has lost its momentum due to Britain losing its momentum ?
This state of mind is not new , I have been here before and would imagine that many of you reading this have been in a similar place , when the simple act of pressing the shutter becomes a hesitant act, you need to start shooting more, not less or your visual clarity & confidence will go missing !
I write this today following a less than successful shoot yesterday, truth be told the connection with my surroundings has become thinner due to my lack of activity on the streets .
The only answer to this problem is to shoot and then shoot some more , the blind faith of knowing that things will improve by repeating my search for meaningful images ,has seen me through this place before. Some of the most established photographers insist that a daily routine of “Practice” is essential in order to maintain the seeing and capture skills they have developed over decades , I certainly recognise that I am not at the top of my game due to my recent short lay-off .
In short ,value whatever Street Photography gains you have made and maintain them with regular short shoots ,Street Photography is not a theoretical activity, your seeing and shooting skills need to be used in order to grow !
As the title says use them or lose them !
Until next time , keep it real..