The Hard Work of Photography

Water's Edge, Lake Pontchartrain, 2012. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Water's Edge, Lake Pontchartrain, 2012. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

The next time you see an image that you really like, think for a few moments about the photographer that shot it:

He  (or she) didn’t roll over in bed that morning and decide to sleep another 30 minutes.

He  (or she) didn’t decide to put off shooting on that particular day because there were 20 other pressing things that needed doing.

He  (or she) decided to ignore that sore shoulder, or toe blister, or the cold, or the heat, and went ahead and went out shooting.

In other words, he (or she) didn’t make excuses or rationalizations.  He (or she) went out to do the hard work of pursuing great images.

Two trees, 2012. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Two trees, 2012. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

And every once in a great while, something magical happens, and a truly transcendent and beautiful image gets made.

So think about this just a bit the next time you see an image that you love. Think about the hard work and sacrifices that were made.

Photography can be rewarding work, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
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3 Comments on "The Hard Work of Photography"

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  1. Karen Stromm says:

    Now that’s a thought. Whenever I see compelling photos, I think of the person who’ve endured great efforts to capture the beautiful photos we marvel. I admire their dedication as much as their talent.

  2. That’s right, Karen. I’m reminded of images of Ansel Adams from his early trips to Yosemite, camping gear, large format cameras and film holders, all on mules…

  3. Enivea says:

    Ha! I couldn’t agree more! When I’m standing in the middle of a paddock, fingers and toes freezing, I know it’s worthwhile to get the shots I want, but I’m not sure that most understand what went into it. And of course, there are the mornings where nothing eventuates, but one cannot be lucky unless one throws the dice 🙂
    Yes, Andrew, congrats on your dedication to the pursuit of great images!

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