The last newsletter listed nine ways to help people photograph through the winter. I'd like to add number ten.
Have fun making lots of mistakes photographing something you're 'not very good at'. Pursue your subject with a sense of pure curiosity, joy or love.
Here's why! I found this story in a book called 'The Rise' by Sarah Lewis. It's a brilliant book in which, among other things, Lewis talks about interviewing
2010 Nobel Prize winners
Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, unlikely winners of the award in Physics for discovering the first two dimensional object on Earth.
In her book Lewis explains that "the two acclaimed scientists have acquired the non-expert's advantage (on there award winning research) through what Geim calls 'Friday Night Experiments'. On these occasions their lab works on 'crazy things that probably won't pan out'......the physicists have become known for the unlikely breakthroughs that have come from these trials."
Lewis goes on to say that for these men the "Friday Night Experiments are a way to live out the wisdom of the deliberate amateur......
This agility takes an inordinate amount of courage, Geim said. Playfulness lets us withstand enormous uncertainty."
In other words, becoming an expert can stop us from seeing new, exciting 'solutions' or taking risks. This is important, considering that compelling works of art (such as a good photograph) are solutions....really. Most of my best work is a result of 'playing around'.
So, try number ten; photograph something useless and ridiculous that you are really drawn to...have fun making lots of 'mistakes'. but remember what jazz artist extraordinaire Miles Davis said; 'there are no mistakes.'