Last weekend I visited Scranton Lace Factory for the second time this year. While I think my first visit was very productive, last weekend offered me the ability to slow down and really work on some things that I had missed and work on some things that needed improving. But after about 5 hours on site I hit a mental wall and it was time to pack it up and go home. My friend Jeff Johnson seemed to also hit his mental wall about the same time as I did, so this worked out perfectly.
For me good photography requires thought and concentration and as a result I get mentally tired after a period of time. I also notice that if I am preoccupied or bothered about something, the quality of my work suffers. At the same time I know several photographers who don’t seem to suffer from this condition. As they say, we are all different and as time goes by I find that I need to worry less about what works or does not work for others, instead learn what works and does not work for me. I have always felt that photography is a journey, but today I would likely call it a creative journey and photography just happens to be the medium I use to express my vision.
This weekend I start what will be a couple weeks of Nature Photography. I will be leading a photo tour in West Virginia and I’m really excited to get back to nature and share the experience with a group of people. Then over the next couple weeks I plan to chase the fall color into Pennsylvania and then back to Virginia.
By the way, the picture above is the last remaining loom at Scranton Lace.