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Comfort Zone

18/04/2020
A comfort zone is a wonderful place. But nothing ever grows there.

We all like words of appreciation for our work. Yet praise, will sometimes be genuine, but is often false. Which is applicable to the majority of comments on the internet. And that does create a sense of complacency that will make your work stagnate. With the fear of failure, you become resistant to change or alter your winning formula. Reluctant to experiment or try something different that is removed from your normal type of picture.There is a temptation amongst photographers that if and when we hit on a successful type of image, we keep repeating it. I fell in to this trap many years ago when I worked almost exclusively with infra red film. After that particular film was withdrawn by Kodak from production, I had to start using conventional b&w materials and learn again how to see and make pictures. The experience made me aware of how important it is to keep looking for new ideas, alternative ways to see and produce images. Not everything will work, or even be deemed acceptable. But if you don’t try something different, you will never learn, and you never know what you might discover.

Don’t be repressed in your work, dare to experiment, consider any urge, if in a new direction all the better. 
Edward Weston

I take pictures of subjects that interest me, and as a monochrome worker that means texture, tone, shape and form. Many are really only observation of detail and light.
I have never consciously made an abstract images, although many of my pictures are labelled so by other people, mostly judges. I can understand how this happens. How do you describe an image that is just a collection of shapes in black & white, has no reference point for scale or dimension. The simple answer is to call it an abstract. How should it be classified? Must all pictures have to fit into a preconceived genre?

There is only two kinds of music, good and bad.
Duke Ellington