A retired statistician, I’ve spent most of my adult working life dealing with mathematical models and probabilities. And trying to convince managers and engineers that they should be doing the same thing. After you do that for a while, you tend to see the world in a mostly quantitative fashion. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I often wonder how much that part of my life has influenced my need to make images. From my point of view, there have been “creative consequences”. The quantitative side of me, for example, prefers some semblance of order and balance. I do not like chaos – not in my life and definitely not in my photographs. You are unlikely to see me photographing a traffic jam. Or someone’s messy bedroom.
I’ve also been known to “stir the pot” from time to time. Or maybe a lot of the time. By nature, I’m a cynic. If someone says something that I disagree with, I’m likely to let them know. That, by the way, is a trait that can cause any number of CCI’s (Career Crippling Incidents). Believe me, I know….
Does this affect how I photograph? Well, aside from the fact that I consciously try to avoid anything resembling “chaos”, I honestly don’t know for sure. Actually, I think it’s more likely to affect how I view someone else’s photographs. I guess I’d like to believe that I’m not thinking about any of that stuff when I depress the shutter button. “Thinking” doesn’t always make for better images.
You might also notice that I’m not what you’d call a “stay-at-home” photographer. I’d rather be on the road somewhere. More precisely, I’d rather be in the Southwest. The photography – in my opinion – is much better there and it tends to be significantly warmer than western New York in the winter.
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