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about photography and being alone
I know this forum is more about techniques and specs,.

But I had to put my thoughts here. I feel like photography helps me release myself of the daily stuff of the week off my shoulders. In a sense it also helps me be more open to my surroundings and see things on more perspectives..

Been in a tough couple months, and going alone on my spare time to practice helped meOthers see it as a loner thing, but I disagree. What you guys think? Am I going nuts?..

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Bluejay wrote:.

Am I going nuts?.

Probably not. If you are, there are pills....

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #1

Sometimes when I out photographing I get so absorbed that it is like I'm alone even though my wife may be with me. Sometimes she will bring a book and go off and find a place to sit and read until I'm done..

Stevehttp://vette74.smugmug.com..

Comment #2

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Comment #3

I always appreciated having somebody around while taking pictures - my wife, a colleague, a friend or an admirer. A companion inspires you and is very useful when you give him/her something to hold for you for a minute. Not to mention watching your back if in a dangerous situation like this:.

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Comment #4

I think people need people. If you're using photography to keep you apart from people then it's bad, especially if you are not aware you're doing that. You'll need to think about that yourself, as I obviously don't know what you do..

Being outside is not exactly a bad thing if the alternative is inside brooding or something like that..

Talking to people is not an optional extra for a human being. That I know for certain..

StephenG.

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Comment #5

Nothing wrong with doing something by yourself, especially if you enjoy it. Think of how many people read a good book by themselves, totally oblivious his surroundings even if in a public place. And then there are the nature lovers; at peace with the great outdoors. Other people can be a nuisance and distraction.ngk20000..

Comment #6

From my experience and from what I have read it is very healthy to have some alone time..

I have often wondered how many people have died, who never took the time to know themselves. Either socializing too much with other people or spending too much time by yourself can be an indication of a problem..

Just my opinion. I am not a psychologist..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #7

I used to have a buddy that liked photography as much as I did, but things change. Now I go out alone. My wife doesn't like going with me. If I go alone, then I do not feel rushed, and more at ease...Terry GelgenD5018-55 ED70-300 VR ED..

Comment #8

Interesting thread and I agree with most said. In general, I do like to be alone when photographing mainly b/c I don't know anyone who really is into photography, so they don't have the patience I need, especially being a beginner. With my wife and daughter, they'll entertain my hobby, but aren't afraid of saying "Are we done yet?". hahaha. So for me, to really get better and to get practice in, I need to be alone. So the benefits are two fold - I get to practice and I also get to spend quality time with myself.

I'm not saying all the time of course, but I don't know about others, but I absolutely need time to myself with just me or I go crazy. During the week, it's usually 30 minutes or so. Weekend can be longer and it's when I try to go out and photo. But I do enjoy family around as well when photographing b/c they are my favorite subjects. but it's a great reason to get out and do something too.

I guess the word I'm probably looking for is therapeutic. To the OP, I think it's the opposite of going nuts, it's keeping your sanity. Photography is the one place where I'm not bombarded with emails, information, what I need to do chore-wise, what's wrong with the world, etc. Like you said, you can unwind. And during hard times, it's definitely something to help you through it, and it's healthy (beats my smoking habit). At least for me, it's given me a new way to look at things as well.

W/o sounding cliche, it's seeing something you've seen many times before for the first time. I can say that it's made me very detail oriented as well, or at least I make an effort..

Just trying to learn.

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Comment #9

I'm only alone when I'm shooting flowers. I shoot people a lot .

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Comment #10

Ive often thought when ive been out with the camera I wonder if them people think that I'm a loner but for me it's a huge release after working a 50 hour week and I need me time aswell from my partner and daughter..

Steve.The camera doesnt tell lies (ok maybe sometimes)..

Comment #11

I enjoy the company of others and it is usually more fun sharing experiences; however, I also enjoy my own company. I have been blessed with a curious nature and I can spend hours observing, planning, thinking...etc. I'm a bit puzzled by so many I see who can't seem to relax with themselves..... those who need to have a radio or tv on all the time or reach for their cell phone or blackberry the moment they are alone..

When I travel, I prefer to do it with others, but I don't mind in the least, traveling alone. I usually have some itinerary, but I love to just wander and observe....to be surprised about what's around the next corner. Again,....though it is fun to share and travel with others, there's always that " C'mon let's move on " when I linger a bit with my camera , looking for those special , non-obvious images to shoot..

It might seem strange to say, but in some ways the camera is like a companion, almost....a way to share the images you've seen along the way and to review them at the end of the day....knowing you will later be sharing these same images with friends and family..

I think I am fortunate in that I can be alone for long stretches and not be lonely. I like to laugh, I like good times, good conversation, the interplay that goes on between people, but I'm also grateful for the technology of film and now, digital, which provides me with so many images from my life experience.....a visual record of the who, what and where of my life..

To the O.P ( original poster ) ....Don't over-analyze just enjoy your photography........If it makes you happy, just count it as a blessing......

Bruce..

Comment #12

Photographing people is not the same as being with people. Being alone is not defined by the number of people you are with or near. You can be alone in a room full of your best friends and extended family..

When you put anything in front of your face, be it a camera or sunglasses or a hand, you hide. So people can use a camera to hide themselves from the people they are around, if you see what I mean..

When you make eye contact, this is when you stop being alone. The saying "the eyes are the mirrors of the soul" has apparently been around since the time of Cicero ( which is a long time ) and probably before that. So I believe that when you make eye contact then for that brief moment you exchange some small part of your souls..

Which is scary as heck. .

StephenG.

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Comment #13

Give me an hour or twoit's just me and my camera and what's in front (bird, lake, mountain, building, people, etc). oh, what a bliss!..

Comment #14

Sjgcit wrote:.

Photographing people is not the same as being with people. Beingalone is not defined by the number of people you are with or near.You can be alone in a room full of your best friends and extendedfamily..

When you put anything in front of your face, be it a camera orsunglasses or a hand, you hide. So people can use a camera to hidethemselves from the people they are around, if you see what I mean..

When you make eye contact, this is when you stop being alone. Thesaying "the eyes are the mirrors of the soul" has apparently beenaround since the time of Cicero ( which is a long time ) and probablybefore that. So I believe that when you make eye contact then forthat brief moment you exchange some small part of your souls..

Which is scary as heck. .

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS.

I don't hide behind my camera when I shoot people..

Ramen is how I afford my glasshttp://www.blindmike.com..

Comment #15

I too love this topic..

I get along with others fine, have a couple really close friends, great marriage, close to my family ect... However I LOVE time to myself..

There is nothing better than a Sat morning bike ride with just me, my ipod, my bike, and my camera. Ride for 15-20 minutes. Find a nice spot to stop and take 30 minutes worth of shots, then ride again..

There is something so calming and soothing to me to be alone out in nature taking pictures. It is my zen moment...

Comment #16

I think of photography as some think of golf; it provides me an opportunity to be by myself doing something I enjoy and takes my mind off of things that may be troublesome. For that reason, I often enjoy going out on my own and just shoting a bunch of photos. I may not keep any of them, but looking at things through the eye of the camera and trying to determine how to arange the shot help me clear my mind... what little of it is left.....

Comment #17

Whew, I thought ppl would think I was going nuts by starting this topic. But like the other ppl replying, I too feel relief from the weekly 'stuff' while practicing photography alone..

Like I said, is like driving... When you drive past a park you don't notice it, but when you take a walk you realize all the interesting things you miss out when being stuck on your chores..

Thanks for the replies..

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