Why do we bother?

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  1. Fox Paw

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    This thought has been raised before. So sue me.

    I was getting a checkup from my dentist yesterday. He's a good photographer. The session stretched out because he wanted to show me some recent shots. He could use more work on PP--this from someone who is certainly no great shakes at it--but he takes some very nice photos.

    He said that his wife has asked him why he bothers taking photographs. No one ever sees them, she said. Well I do, he told her, and I care whether they're good or not.

    His wife has a point, though, and I've certainly wondered the same thing. Why bother?

    The only answers I come up with:

    (1) I like new challenges and learning new things. I've learned a lot about photography but there's still a ton I don't know, and the learning itself is fun.

    (2) There's a certain magic for me when a print emerges from the printer.

    (3) It's a good excuse to go to lovely places.
     
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    why does painter paint?
    why does poet write poems ?
    why does a song writer wight songs ?

    make money ? the lucky few maybe?
    artistic expression?

    why do i bother?
    well i dont have a great answer for you. Aether then that i like taking photos of things
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    It's fun, I enjoy it.
    It's something to do (get off the couch and go on a walk somewhere).

    I mainly do it because it's fun for me.
     
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    it's the one shot...the persuit of perfection
     
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    Because I suck at fishing.
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :lmao:

    You are obviously not wearing the right hat
     
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    I hate this school of thought. Why move? Why listen to music? Why watch a movie? Why even bother to breathe? It's so damn negative.

    I'd go nuts if I didn't have a creative outlet. Photography gives me a better appreciation for nature, and the world around us. It also relaxes me as well as motivating me to go and see and do things I probably wouldn't bother doing otherwise.
     
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    a photography is that one freeze frame in time, its a way to stop and look at something that most people pass up in there day to day lives, Its a way to express beauty we see that most people forget about and just dont pay attention to.
     
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    I love it for all the reasons mentioned. I get to go out and do something while my husband is playing golf, I love to record memories, I love to visit new places and heck what else would I do with that money? Come to think of it, I would be pretty well off if it weren't for my camera!

    But, I am not in the situation of no one seeing my photos. Lots of people see my pictures. I show them to everyone! I even have an email group setup of people that want to see my shots when I go shoot something new. I have my own fan club (just don't tell anyone that most of them are family). :lol:
     
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    - It is the GREATEST form of stress relief in the world for me.
    - It will give me a sideline and something to do when I retire.
    - It's fun!
     
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    Obviously professionals will say its for a living....

    As a hobby photographer, it
    * Slows me down... really "see" and observe my surroundings
    * A record of things I found interesting in life
    * It bridges my technical and artistic halves

    It doesn't bother me that no one really sees my work (I don't share much online), the only person that I have to satisfy is myself (my worst critic). I will share with anyone who asks... especially if they buy the drinks.
     

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