Every morning I feel this familiar pit emerge in my stomach as I pack my camera gear before work. The chatter in my head rises-
“There is no possible way to continue taking interesting photos on that boat.”
“You’ve already captured everything worth capturing, there’s no use in trying.”
“You’ve exhausted all your ideas, you’ve burnt out all possibilities, run out of steam,” etc. etc. etc…
It can be challenging when you make fishing the main subject of your work. You are confined to a tiny space- in my case 364 square feet. I photograph the same people doing the same thing in the same area every day… you can bet I become worried that the act of photographing all of it won’t last.
I’ve learned that I can’t push out those doubts or stop them from coming, but what I have learned to do is not respond to them- to pack my gear and try anyway. It’s crazy how I can have clearly defined goals, but it's like part of my brain tries so hard to deter me from reaching them. Learning how to recognize and separate from those thoughts has been key, and I’m stoked I do because I am continually thrilled with what I’m able to capture. These past few weeks are no exception, and probably some of my favorite fishing shots to date.
May has been solid. I could list a few reasons but I’ll skip the bullshit and get right to the good stuff- in the very near future I’ll be working with Grundéns (fishing outerwear/rainwear company) to shoot some photos of their gear! Which is awesome for obvious reasons- but the biggest perk might be that my crew is now far more enthusiastic to let me get in their face with my camera. It works out great for everyone. They get some rad gear and I get an excuse to stop working to take photos! So good stuff to come- thanks for checking in and I’ll update again soon.