Photography is traditionally a solitary pursuit. No matter how many people are with you there’s normally only one person looking through viewfinder, one person pressing the shutter release. But a collective of photographers? How does that work?
When I was asked to join the 100% Stuck in Plastic collective I didn’t really have any idea what it would be like. I’m still very much the new kid on the block in the group, but I have noticed an immediate change in my photography. I’m thinking about it much more.
Coming up with ideas for posts and thinking up photographs to illustrate them seems to keep photography at the forefront of my thoughts, which is not a bad thing. The more you do something, the better you become at it, and the better you become at it the more you enjoy it.
This evening I’ve dusted off my old LensBaby lens, a lens that I’ve never got on with, to see if I can wrestle some decent photos out of it. I’m even upgrading my printer so I can have a play at doing some of my own prints. All of this coming about by having photography thoughts in my head more often.
I’m also immersed much deeper in the photographic community than I was before. Just reading the blog posts by the rest of the Stuck In Plastic crew (and guests) is exposing me to names I hadn’t heard of before. Not just photographers either, I didn’t know who Chris Pratt was until Shelly’s post!
So even though I’ve barely done much more than write a few blog posts, Shelly, Boris and Vesa have already provided inspiration and motivation to play with the camera a bit more. Thanks guys :)