When you hear people on podcasts or TV talking about photography, one phrase they like to wheel out is ‘It’s changed my life’. This conjures images of unfathomable riches, or a Bildungsroman narrative where your pitiful hero becomes a superstar once they’ve picked up a camera and a cheap zoom lens.
This is important - it promotes photography as being a force for good, which in turn sells cameras. It also raises the profile of the photographer that’s espewing their wisdom, which earns them money to buy more cameras. Everyone wins, that makes cameras.
But if asked - if I ever attain the status to be asked such inane questions with regards to my photography - I would say photography has changed my life, in a very minor and a very major way.
In short, because I’ve already waffled enough, it makes me say ‘yes’ to things. Whether this is walking down an interesting looking path while I’m on the way elsewhere, or planning entire trips around the photos I might be able to get, it encourages me to explore. It encourages curiosity, engaging with people and things I have no idea about, and agreeing to do things I previously would have had very little interest in trying.
This has made me more open, more interested, and more involved with the world.
Last weekend we took a walk around some woods that are very close to a house we’re thinking of buying. The house hasn’t been built yet, and the builders haven’t given us a precise location, so we’re currently trying to piece together maps that aren’t to scale with plot plans with mixed results.
Harrison’s Wood was only opened to the public in 2016, so despite living in Norfolk for the majority of my life, I’ve never visited. We managed to visit during the only half an hour that it rained on Sunday, but the damp green foliage contrasting with the brown of the trees reminded me of shots I’ve seen of the Pacific North West in the US.
It was a relaxing way to spend half an hour on a Sunday, and one which will no doubt be repeated.
All shots taken with a Fuji XPro 2 and 23mm f2 lens.