Taking a stroll with camera is a simple way to remind myself why I enjoy looking, seeing and thinking – free from the limitations of a set brief.
Although photography can be beautifully isolating, sharing images is part of the growing process and that can be hard. I think sometimes just the act of taking images or giving yourself time to consider it as an option can be a gentle reminder of its more therapeutic nature. It encourages you to be in the moment, rather than being reactive or purposely productive.
Some of the best scenes and moments I witness don’t translate into images, and I can only notice this when I slow down, attend to the now and be patient.
Sometimes nothing happens. I have learnt to accept that some walks are less generous than others, and this is often where good company can be a saviour. I sometimes play ‘train roulette’ for fun, and select a destination on the ticket machine at random. The success of a day can never be measured by the number of film rolls used.