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In doing some editing of my past shots that didn’t make the cut, I ran across this one of a woman photographing with her iPad. Not exactly the outfit or hat of the typical photographer, but their is no normal uniform of the photographer now days because everyone has a camera in there hand. It is a wonderful thing actually. There are probably more people looking at and taking pictures than ever before. What more could an industry want?

Colorful photographer.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Well it seems to have thrown the profession into a huge change. And that it, is technology again. Filled with pain for some traditional types and opportunities for newcomers and professionals alike. Just what they are exactly, will they be obsolete in the future and can one make a living from them is being seen today?

I ask myself this because one day I’d like to start putting together work that could be sold. What is that product or combination? Is it even my photography? Could I do better at my other artistic interest? Maybe my writing could turn into something. Which reminds me I’ve got to finish that book I started. Maybe get back to working on some etchings or try sculpture again.

Families are doing their own portrait work now.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But I’m drawn to photography, right now as I was 4 years ago when I started this blog. Well almost 4 years. But I’m not sure even what I want to do here yet. I know I don’t want to work for someone, other than myself. I’m going to create what I like and feel good about. Yeah that might doom me from the start but I’m going to be “the Judge.” That is one of my nicknames anyway so why give it up now.

Family shots.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I know that I don’t want to be tied to one area (landscape, portrait, wedding). I want to do what I please when I please. I’m had my fill of others telling me what, where, when and how. Of course that could be some flawed logic if I’m really not that good so there is another chink in the armor. Regardless I think I’ll be more inspired, doing something that I think is good, proud of and satisfying to me. That again could be dangerous because I’m surprised sometimes as to what gets the most reaction. Well as they say, throw enough of it at the wall and something is bound to stick.

No problem getting down to shoot in that position but getting up isn’t as easy as it used to be..
Photo by Mike Hartley

I also think I can develop a local following and maybe even a style of my own. Best of all would be to just keep learning, keep getting better at all the things I enjoy and sharing it. If I have my health and I can just pursue it with the limited funds I have then I’ll be a happy old man someday. Notice I said some day. I don’t feel that old today so I’m not.

Picture of person taking picture of people standing inside a picture
Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts

I wish I could learn the language of my back. It’s always so mad at me.

I can see the Terps are going try their best to give me a heart attack this season.

Notice I’m not fretting about the work week? Probably because I got a few days off this week.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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