I am not a deep thinker. No really, stifle your incredulity, it’s true. If you want to read some deep thoughts on photography, go check out Guy Tal’s photography blog.
Still, you don’t need to be a deep thinker to practice photography in a thoughtful way. Being thoughtful can take many forms – thinking about why you photograph, thinking about what you hope to accomplish, thinking about what others are doing and where you fit in to the tradition of photography. The list is potentially limitless, and I suppose the difference is that of photographing within some kind of personally relevant context versus photographing in random, directionless ways or for external motivations or validations.
I sometimes wonder why I still write this photography blog, given that it does not seem to have achieved the goals I set out for it when I started (a topic I’ve touched on now and again in other posts). Earlier today it occurred to me that, if nothing else, it’s been a tangible manifestation of my own thoughtfulness as it relates to the practice of photography. Interesting reading for myself, if not for (or if only for a few) others.