The magic of unpredictability in photography

As far as I could remember, I’ve had everything planned. From what I studied, where I would go to school and so on……………

The only problem was that life gave me a rude awakening and taught me that things don’t always go according to plan. It took me a long time to admit this. For many years, I was the girl that felt like she had no purpose (sometimes I still feel that way). I was the girl that felt like a failure. For a long time I did what was expected of me as I no longer knew what I wanted out of my own life.

The only way I knew to cope was to pick up my camera as often as I could. I know that it sounds like a cliché, but please let me explain.

Each time I picked up a camera, I was in control, I know what I want to photograph and I know the outlook that I’m hoping to obtain. This was a feeling that I liked and a feeling that was foreign to me. For once I’m behind a camera, it’s almost as if I was back in control of my life. That feeling brought me a lot of peace and still does. Everything else that is rushing around me slows down considerably.

I continued to follow this feeling to this day. Photography has been the most amazing unpredictable thing that has happened in my life.

I chose  to add this particular image to this post is because it was an unpredictable capture. I do not usually take image during the summer as I like a specific look that a full sunny just does not provide. During the summer, they are simply no clouds which simply doesn’t not work for me. I headed out that day to help out a friend with a video then this image popped into my mind. I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be but I captured it anyway. As I set up the tripod to capture the image, a single lonely cloud rolled through.

I captured the image along with a couple more I did not like the end result so I haven’t edited them as yet.

What is an unplanned image turned out to be one of my favourite images.


One thought on “The magic of unpredictability in photography

  1. Missed this post.
    I can fully empathise with a lot of what you say here.
    Give me a camera & either the mountains or a desert and I’m happy (very happy) but not in a town or city. Crowded with people & noise, no one says hello or good-day, especially here in UK, a total anathema.
    I make picture that I like and try very hard to ignore what others think about them (I have enough concern of my own, especially colour) but when someone says can I buy a print – happy. Although some images that I think are bad, do seem to sell and that does confuse me.
    The two (maybe three) photographers I really admire are:
    Edward S Curtis – for his dedication.
    Michael Kenna – many aspire to his minimalist images, most don’t come close.
    Ansel Adams – just because he started my love of photography with his images and books.

    I am sure we are not alone with these uncertainties & insecurities, Turner verses Constable comes to mind.

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