As my multitude of followers (that’s irony) will know my blog is pretty much just another vehicle to show off my photographs. I wonder, what the hell did we all do before social media for “exposure”? I assume showed the wife, girlfriend and cat I suppose?….oh and the guys (it was always guys) down the Camera Club – who gave you fifteen shades of criticism about why your image was so bad – should you be in one. You could send prints into Amateur Photographer I suppose and hope they might pick it for publication. We are so spoilt now.
Anyway, apologies, I digress. Yeah as I said I mainly use this blog to share my work.
You also will have noticed that earlier blog posts concentrated on what is called “Model” or “Fashion” photography. Done purely as a hobby this was an area I concentrated on for about 3/4 years. I was still shooting the odd music gig or street scene, but it would be 90% pretty girls.
I really enjoyed doing it. I met some amazing people and it was a great technical exercise learning how to get better shots and work different genres and people.
To break up the text here is a gratuitous model shot
But just around Christmas I was taking stock of life, as you do, and realised that I was taking more and more photographs of people, situations around the area where I live. I found myself watching YouTube videos on Street Photography and followed more and more similar minded folk on Instagram (as well as blogs on here).
I realised that I was really enjoying the results. The main difference between this and model shoots was the complete lack of stress and pressure. Don’t get me wrong my model stuff was still just a hobby, it wasn’t keeping a roof over my head or anything. But there were appointments to be made and kept. Models expected images edited and returned promptly. So the stresses were my own. Then there was the “promotional” side of things, sharing on Social Media etc looking for the next shoot or another location.
But street photography I do purely for me. I can go out with one camera, no lights, gear, worrying about the weather, if the model will turn up, will she like my work etc etc.
The streets are always there….
I keep trying different techniques, looking for new subjects, new places to shoot. I find myself planning trips to new cities, towns. I’m thinking of printing some of my work, maybe getting a book of street images done. I did a proper website John Jobling Photography
I’m even thinking of where to go abroad to “street” shoot.
So there you are. Currently I gave myself a 6 month break from model shoots (ends in June) when I will re-assess how I feel. Am I missing it? Not really no. I miss the interaction with the girls I shot, that was always fun and I made some good friends. But I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would. Let’s see what happens in June.
So I am in a pretty good place photography wise right now.
Let’s hope it continues.
Comments/Shares always welcome.
Until next time, take care