Caboose Handrail, Bryson City, NC - 2016
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About a year or so ago, I decided to give up on the idea of trying to use my photography as a way to make a little extra money. It was a very freeing decision. I still like shooting portraits, but I only do it on my terms and timing now. I found that I had tired of trying to give a customer what they wanted, when often it conflicted with my vision. I also stopped shooting scenics and nature photos with an eye toward "what someone might want to hang in their home or office". Now I just shoot what I like. I find I'm having more fun from my photography just doing it for my own personal enjoyment.
The photo above is a good example of my re-found approach. I don't think it would have much marketability as a stock photo, and I doubt anyone would want a print of it hanging in their den or living room. But I like it. The contrasting colors, and the shapes both caught my eye, so, click! After I got it up on my computer screen, I still liked it. If anyone else likes it, that's fine. If they roll their eyes, that's fine too. The main thing is that I'm back to the reason I bought my first camera way back in 1982: because I thought it would be fun!