Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Photograph What You Love To Photograph

On A Brighter Day - Tehachapi, California
I love photographing abandoned buildings.
I've heard many times over the years that it is good, as a photographer, to specialize in something. There should be one subject that you focus your time and energy to. You should be known for one thing.

I don't really think that is necessary. I don't think you need to specialize. However, you should photograph what you love to photograph.
Abandoned Homestead - Tehachapi, California
I'm fascinated by places like this, so I photograph them.
If you photograph what you are passionate about, you'll give it your all. If you photograph what you love, you'll create your best work.

Imagine trying to hold a conversation with someone about some subject that you don't really care about and that you are not knowledgeable about. Do you think you could make the conversation engaging? But if the conversation is about something you care deeply about and are knowledgeable about, that conversation now has interest.
Destroyed By Fire - Victorville, California
Abandoned locations, like the old George Air Force Base housing, is what I love to photograph.
Photography is a form of communication. When you photograph what you are interested in, you are able to hold an engaging non-verbal conversation with the viewer.

So you don't need to specialize, because that's over thinking. It's much more simple than that. You should be photographing the things that you love to photograph. And naturally you'll create a strong portfolio of images for whatever subject that you are drawn to.

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