Fishing for answers

Fishing for Answers

The weekend passed fast. I stare at an empty blog post and wonder, what am I fishing for? How do I get beyond “I went here”, “I went there”, “I did this”, “I did that?” See, “I  have good equipment and I know how to use it”. In the photos I took yesterday, I can distinguish the whiskers of the elephant seals resting almost a mile down on the beach. Should I show those photos? Does anyone need to see them, does anyone need to see even one more sharp photo of an elephant seal on the beach of Point Reyes?

Philosophical musings about photography invade my mind on a windy spring afternoon. By the way, does the wind ever stop blowing in California? I have a disk full of useless photos, the clutter is enormous, in and out. Do I need one more external disk, or do I need to delete more photos? Thanks goodness it’s almost Monday. Tomorrow, I am in the lab, the bugs come from the border stations and nurseries and I have to write their names down. Life is simpler Mon-Fri.

Published by Alessandra Chaves

Photographer with a preference for nature photography in black and white and other abstractions.

15 thoughts on “Fishing for answers

  1. “Fishing for answers” is a good punning caption for your photograph.

    Since you’re tired of whisker-sharp seal pictures, did you attempt any long exposures to induce blurring in seals the way you did in the fisherman?


  2. First – I really liked seeing this public expression of critical self reflection. Second – I would not call it a hard disk full of useless photos. I would call it evidence of a keen eye and a never-ending curiosity. There’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂

    Gary Winogrand said “I photograph to see what things look like photographed” and I can certainly see such curiosity in myself. Perhaps it is the same for you? I give it time and sometimes, these useless photographs suddenly come together. It might take a few years. 😉


  3. Aha! I hope I’ll live long enough and disks are getting bigger! Thanks for stopping by, I took a look at your pixels portfolio, really nice! I particularly liked the algodones dunes photos. I was there last year collecting insects and saw the potential for photography but I was working and took few photos, most of which didn’t work.


  4. The hardest thing to do is to try and make a good picture. Those who are not photographers think all you do is point the camera. It’s not easy to connect with yourself. You’ve made quite a wonderful image here


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