Being left out, ignored, under- or un- valued, these are the worst things for me, And the more it happens the less I feel I have anything to offer. So I withdraw. And then people forget I am even here. And it spirals down.
The selfie is a much maligned phenomenon in photography, particularly tourist selfies. Boomers and my fellow Gen-Xers are the to most vocal critics of the form, calling them ill-mannered and narcissistic.
I shot an event at work yesterday and just now was feeling kind of guilty about the number of pictures that I was happy with–"only" thirty. So right now I am reminding myself of the days when shooting was done in batches of 24 or 36 and I felt lucky if there were 3 or 4 "keepers" per roll. Getting 30 decent photos of an event is enough. Why do I feel compelled to produce hundreds of photos every time I shoot, especially when all I really need is one or two really good ones? Guh.
Originally I started taking pictures at the clubs in order to have source images for drawings and paintings. I let myself drift away from that and the photography became a thing of its own. Nothing wrong with that, really, but there remains something more satisfying about one hand-drawn image that 10,000 digital pictures can't touch.