Monthly Fragments; April 2012
I will start by expressing my deepest gratitude towards all those who were kind enough to comment and express their insights during last week and I also like to welcome the recent followers of this photoblog. It’s been impossible for me to reply to all comments and I trust you will understand and forgive me for that.
I didn’t quite yet recover from being “freshly pressed” with my “Looking Up!” post, last week. Getting that kind of attention was totally unexpected and has made me stop to think for a while on the contradictory feelings I was experiencing. Getting attention is a good thing; everybody who starts a blog wants that to happen, in some measure. And the remarks and insights are powerful motivations to keep experimenting harder and developing further as a photographer. However, this “popularity burst” also built up an inevitable pressure and my plans to approach photography in that “relaxed kind of way”, without worrying on schedules for posting, were temporarily shaken.
I decided to hold back for a while to refresh and refine my line of action. I’m shooting more and more these days but I’m becoming more inquisitive about the real personal meaning within each shot I take.
Another door has also opened for me, in the form of “gear acquisition”. A Panasonic GF1 is now my new toy, filling the gap between my portable, take-everywhere Canon ixus 300 and the beloved but not-so-portable Olympus e-450 dslr.
Experimenting and calmly self-questioning myself… that’s the plan for the near future.
All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photoblog