I haven’t written on the subject of Blind Photography in a while. My attempts at Blind Photography seem to have come to a grinding halt. I was doing well. My photos seemed to be improving. I was having fun. I thought about printing a few of my favorite photos to use on cards or to frame and display. I even had the idea that I could open a little Etsy shop of photo cards.
Then, somehow, I fell out of the habit of taking pictures. I feel sad about this and I would like to take steps to get back to enjoying photography. Several factors seem to have contributed to stopping. First, I can’t seem to figure out whether pictures are in focus. I think a photo looks great, then when I go back and look at it again later, I notice that it is fuzzy. I don’t know whether my eyesight is playing tricks on me or if my photos are really not sharply focused. This has made me feel a little bit discouraged. Second, there is so little light. Most of the daylight hours are spent at work, so I don’t have much time to take photos. I know this is just an excuse, because I have not gone out looking for photos on the weekend, either. Third, I just plain haven’t liked my last few photos. I feel like they are not well-composed. I have lost confidence, somehow. Maybe I have the photography equivalent of “writer’s block.” I want so badly to take really good photos, but I am starting to doubt my ability to learn to do that.
I know that there are “blind” photographers out there who take great photos. There are photographers with a lot lower vision than I have who win photography awards and are good enough that people want to purchase their photos. Perhaps some of them will have some words of wisdom for me. I would like to blame my problem on needing a better camera, better software, a better computer. But I think, really, the problem is a lack of experience and knowledge. I do not have a problem that can be solved by a quick fix of spending money on new equipment. It is going to take a commitment of time and energy if I want to learn to be a really good low-vision photographer. I need to get back to my own number one rule – Take my camera everywhere and take photos at every opportunity. I think that is the way I am going to get over this “photographer’s block” and improve.