Ah, the wonderful time for New Year’s resolutions is upon us again. Such a shame that those are really just wishful thinking and fail 99% of the time, I really wanted to be rich, handsome and famous this year 😉 Still, ouch, making a formal wish about life changes at a highly symbolic date may well offer the highest likelihood of never achieving them. Wishes only come true when we create an environment that naturally induces the desired behaviour to emerge.
So, let’s rephrase that ill-informed title. My only photo-related plan for 2020 is to progressively create an environment that invites more adventure in my photographic life. And this starts now (now is only good time to change, whether that’s a Tuesday afternoon or the 24th of September), with this post.
How does this begin?
By describing what I mean by adventure. A small step, but a start 🙂
Now, the words “Adventure Photography” stir up images of fit blokes in flashy suits running off a cliff with some Icarus-type device on their back and a Gopro on their forehead. This may well be adventure for them, but to yours truly-sedate, this feels more like an adrenaline rush, and ever-so-slightly disrespectful of the life that was given to us. Worse: another form of giving in to more rather than bravely search for better. But, to each his own, right? 😉
A more acceptable definition of adventure, for this middle-aged tog, whose worst risk-taking excesses involve ingestion of unhealthy amounts of chocolate, is the more academic: “exhilirating undertaking involving an amount of risk taking and resulting in new experience” (a fairly accurate mashup of definitions found in multiple sources).
In other words, my resolution, sorry – plan, is to deliberately seek out and face situations that will take me out of my comfort zone in an exhilirating way. Unusual subjects or techniques, unusual lenses, unsettling situations … The point being to learn something new each time, mostly about myself, I guess. And to create more opportunities for first person narration (of said adventures) rather than relying as much on theory and abstract ideas.
Not that ideas are bad, mind you. Here’s one that appeals to me and is the basis for all this: Leaving our comfort zone leaves us with a lasting sense of achievement and growth that’s distinctly at odds with the restless search for empty love on social media. It probably won’t cure world famine or French administration, but every little helps.
The idea is still new. Remember, multiple real baby steps are better than one huge plan that never happens. But here are some envelope-expanding areas which sound like fun. Very slightly scary fun:
So, Happy New Year ! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Now, I’ve shown you mine. Which is the best way to force accountability upon myself 😉 What are your photographic
resolutions plans for 2020?
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