My Hiatus

August 9, 2010 | Category: Photography

Well it has certainly been a while since my previous post and I apologize. You could say that I’ve been on photo hiatus for the last couple months and with that said, I haven’t been producing much “post-worthy” photography lately. This is the longest I’ve gone in years without picking up my camera and I’m positive that will change.

I love photography! I live and breath it and even dream about it (yes, I know I’m a geek). I’m going to make a conservative estimate and say that during the last 3 years, on average,  I spent at least 7 hours a day doing something related to photography. I work at a camera store and talk photography, gear, art, technique and everything else all day. When I’m not working at the store, I’m usually shooting, assisting, planning photo courses, teaching photo courses, learning new techniques, editing, backing up photos, prepping prints, submitting to contests, blogging, flickr-ing (I made up a word!), etc. My basement looks like a camera store, my bathroom looks like the photo magazine section of Barnes & Noble and my living room has enough photos on the wall to start charging admission. Most of my friends and acquaintances are also photographers, so I’m constantly exposed, day and night, pretty much 24/7 to photography.

While “living in your passion” isn’t necessarily a bad thing, every once in a while, I just need a break and an opportunity to focus my attention on other things. I’ve really been trying to do more backpacking, running, whittling down my book list and spending more time with my family.

This isn’t the first time this has happened and I doubt it will be the last. About 4 years ago, I quit photography outright. I sold all of my gear and was done with it.  After about half a year later, I opened my darkroom to find that the projects I had left covered in dust and I started up again. I began shooting 4×5 and then digital and I’ve been and just like that, I was hooked on photography once more.

To my photo buddies whom I’ve definitely been neglecting, I’m especially sorry. I feel like I’ve had a good break, and even with school coming and monopolizing my free time I want to get cracking again. So lets go shoot! ASAP!

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One Comments

  1. Tom Compton
    on August 10th, 2010

    Hey Dan,

    Congratulations on the tear sheets. Completely understand how you feel. Glad to see you back. You contribute a lot to photography and we all benefit from your sharing.