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Thought(les)s

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Almost two weeks passed by since I mentioned that much in my personal life – work related – would change. Knowing that in a year, at most two, I need a new job to support my family and pay the bills it made sense to thing thoroughly about my near future. To what extend could photography help me with that? What other valuable options are available? And what is really my relationship with photography?

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I love to work, I need to work. I work hard and I wouldn’t mind working for myself. I am pretty good at what I do and have over 10 years of experience and gained knowledge. It may not be the most beloved job, but I am passionate about working hard. I love my job. It might not be as glamorous, but it allowed me to be a photographer too.

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And I love to photograph, I do my best to become better and learn every day. In fact I am very passionate about it. So passionate though that I decided it is not worth it to me to become a professional photographer.

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There are over 15 professional photographers in my home town, a town with 65,000 inhabitants. Most of them do weddings, portraits and corporate photography. Probably commercially the most attractive genres, unless everyone tries to succeed there. You need to work really hard to get there. Following your passion won’t make difference.

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To me however, that passion drives me. Photography is my personal outlet, my therapy. It helped me when my son was diagnozed autism. It forced me to get out when I was recovering from my back problems. And it will likely help me next year when the going gets tough. That passionate outlet is there for me as a person, not a money maker. For me it is an emotional ride and with that my expectations of quality may vary. Sure I could deliver always, but I don’t want to.

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What next though? I want to work on some long term projects covering the region I live in.  Also a lot more urban photographs in the darkness (like these in this blog post). I will for sure do more landscape photography. When I am calm and patient (or in need of) I prefer landscape photography. For anything else I stroll the streets and cover it. Bringing it all together is an amazing feeling. That is what matters to me. And these landscape photographs? They look amazing printed large, especially on someone else’s wall.

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Photograph by Wouter Brandsma

Directed by inspiration, driven by time

2013, Photography
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Waiting for the glow

I haven’t been posting for a while. It all remains busy. And cold. I mean, there are no signs of spring here. It is however mostly busy. Hard to free my mind. My little Ricoh gives me more and more headaches. The autofocus is bogus. There are worse things to worry about.

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Watch your steps

I love to learn new things, but at a certain point you come to terms with that. Stuff you learned and experienced settle in. It forms your vision. It takes time though. Just don’t rush it. It took me over 10 years to get even close to what I wanted at some point.

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Directed by my inspiration

Read a piece a couple of weeks ago about finding images and making them. It kind of made the distinction that making images was of a higher class than finding images. I think that even when you find images you still make it work.

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Traveling silhouettes

Briefly back to my camera. It might well be my last Ricoh. I need something more reliable so I don’t have to worry about gear.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma