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Passion is not a word I would normally use to define how I operate in my daily life. As some of you know, I’m a moseyer by nature but I definitely have that indefinable *thing* that drives us all toward the pursuit of something that grabs our hearts and minds.
I read an article recently whose author talked about the need to define WHAT our passions are. It caught me short, because as I’ve moved toward photography as a second (or third, or fourth) career in the past few years, I assumed that I WAS following my passion. Who knew that the simple images I was taking to accompany my blog posts back in 2008 would lead me in that direction. I had a tiny little Canon point-and-shoot and didn’t feel the need to have anything more sophisticated. My husband was shooting amazing photos with his Canon 5D Mark II and I wanted nothing to do with that heavy, clumsy apparatus. I was happy. When I did eventually upgrade to a mirrorless Panasonic GF1, I loved it because it was small and compact. It allowed me to do everything I felt I needed.
I’ve upgraded a few times since then (my sister now has my GF1, and it’s still one of my favourite cameras of all time) and I now use everything from my cellphone to those heavy, clumsy apparatus I used to abhor. But not surprisingly, it’s my cellphone I use the most. I don’t like carrying a handbag so whatever I can fit into a pocket is what goes with me when I head out the door. I don’t even like being encumbered by a camera slung over my shoulder. You would think this might hinder me given that I increasingly identify as a photographer (as well as a video editor) in my professional life, but I’ve found that the ease of shooting what I see on my wanders with a quick lift of my hand feeds my passion for visual storytelling and allows me to shoot in my professional life without the need to overthink. Too much.
I realize, though, that I need to keep my focus on that passion and feed it, otherwise it becomes a pointless exercise.
Have you defined your passion? It’s an ongoing work-in-progress for me.