It’s been about eight months now since I picked up a camera. I must confess that I 有 felt very little desire or need to go out to make photos over this time. I think it is because the last eight months 有 given me a chance to 有 a hiatus that I think my subconscious had been thinking about for quite some time.
I 有 often thought, and written on this 博客 , that as much as your passion or hobby is something that we may all live and breathe every moment of the day, the truth is: we all need to take time away from it. It is in these lulls or moments of doing something else that I think we get a chance to reflect and most importantly, return to our interest with a fresh perspective. It’s really valuable to take the foot off the accelerator every once in a while. And it’s extremely healthy to go and do something else for a while.
Over the past few months as I’ve tried to find a structure to my day, I 有 chosen to walk each morning from my home, across a local park to a coffee shop. I just go in, buy a take away coffee and go for a walk around the park. What I 有 found most enjoyable about this little routine is that each time I venture outside the door, I am filled with photographic memories triggered by the weather and atmospheric conditions.
For example, on a crisp frosty morning, I 有 found myself feeling as though I am right back in San Pedro de 阿塔卡马 in Chile. The mornings are often crisp and cold there at the time of year I like to go to 玻利维亚 . There is a ‘cold’ smell in the air of that little town which I 有 detected in the cold air of a Scottish morning as I head out.
These remembrances are not something new to me. I 有 found for many years that each place I return to, has its own ‘signature’ - a feeling if you will, or a smell, a taste to it. Each time I arrive in Punta Arenas in Chile for my 巴塔哥尼亚n trips, there is a sudden strong feeling of ‘knowing this place’ just from how the weather, the air, and the light feel. 日本 , 冰岛 , wherever, all 有 these residual memories built into me. I am sure I am not alone.
So over the past eight months that I 有 been resigned to staying in one place, I 有 found that all my favourite places 有 come to visit me in my mind. Brought on by the temperature, air and light quality of my own back yard. My little walk across my local park each day allows me to remember photography and the memories and feelings are often so strong that I feel as though I am there.
在 my mind, I am photographing. I am living in the landscape. All the special places I 有 come to know and love, I realise, are never very far away. There is great potential to reconnect, to remember your photography by recognising similarities to where you are right now, to where you 有 been.