– unexpected outcomes –
a couple of weeks ago I made a little trip to Hobart. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been… I took these gorgeous portraits last time I was there.
Essentially I went to visit some dear friends (hello to the Hobartian Doblos) but I made sure I had time to just explore and photograph this glorious place.
Needless to say I was pretty excited… days of blissful no pressure photography in one of the prettiest cities in Australia…
So why the hell did I find it so hard?? (the photography that is…)
well I’m not really sure, but I think it was something about my expectations. I think Hobart is one of the most magical places in the world, and I had plans to take some beautiful landscapes, and capture some of those amazing old buildings in the city.
But once I got there, my mind kind of went in to overdrive… I’m thinking – yeah I need to get a sunrise shot of the harbour… or wait maybe sunset… no no not the harbour… I need a long exposure of Salamanca Place in the early morn then go to the harbour and then –
So what in fact happened was that I kind of paralysed myself in to not really shooting much at all. I lugged my camera every where of course and saw beautiful captivating things. And I still got up early a couple of times, looked at my camera gear and proceeded to go for a jog instead, and marvelled at the exquisite sunrise as I ran. Strange.
I tend to do this a lot. Perhaps I am overwhelmed by how beautiful the scene is before me. Sometimes I just want to leave it and experience it, and rest my through-the-camera-eyes. And often I do just this. Which is ok.
But on account of this Wednesday experiment thing, I pushed myself to take photos, even though they didn’t come easily. I didn’t get that oh-my-god-I-totally-nailed-that-shot feeling. Not at all. but I am happy that I made the effort and I am happy with the results, even though they are not what I had in mind.