A realization while at the gym: photography must be fun, or else it isn’t worthwhile.
This is my rationale:
Things which are fun are generally challenging and interesting.
For example, when I go to the gym, I only do exercises which are fun for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t push myself hard. In fact, only challenging exercises are fun for me.
For example, I only really have fun doing extreme “one rep max” styled training (powerlifting). It’s extremely difficult and requires 100% of my mental force — yet, it’s extremely fun for me! I always go to the gym with a giddy child-like sense of excitement, because I only do fun exercises for me (squats, deadlift, chin-ups, dips, dumbbell press) and don’t do all the stuff I hate and find boring (cardio, weight machines, etc).
I think photography (and life) should be the same. Only take photos which are fun for you. Also, make photography (as a whole) enjoyable and fun for you.
For example, don’t make yourself miserable carrying around a heavy, cumbersome, and annoying camera. Just use a RICOH GR II with ERIC KIM NECK STRAP, or use your phone.
Photography should never feel like a chore. Photography should never be boring. Photography must be fun, or it’s not going to be worthwhile for you to pursue photography!
How to make photography fun (again):
- Only shoot photos which interest you. Never take a photo because someone else says, “Take a photo of this— it will make a great photo!”
- Don’t think about image quality when it comes to your photos. Instead, think to yourself, “Which camera is the most fun to shoot with?”
- Challenge yourself. Generally, whatever type of photography (like street photography) is fun precisely because it is difficult, challenging, and scary. I don’t think street photography would be fun if it weren’t challenging— just like video games.