04 Apr The Gift of Stillness

Source: Olafs Photoblog

I love being with people and interacting with them. Maybe this is something from my European upbringing, I don’t know. Strangely enough, however, I mostly work alone—I mean physically alone—as do most photographers. 

In the last few years I’ve been lucky to work with many people around the world but the communication was mostly online. So, in a sense, the current limitations haven’t changed my lifestyle. Nevertheless, I do miss occasional meetings with my photographic friends and my students. I miss the physical presence of human beings, a smile, handshake, hug or simply a foolish poke. 

At the same time an uncanny thing has happened. Now, as most of us are confined to our house or have limited ability to meet others, I feel many people are reaching out to each other. In the last two weeks I spoke with many of my friends and not only the photographic ones. What’s more, our conversations have been longer, deeper and more intimate in the way we spoke about ourselves, our lives and photography. With so much tragedy all around us, many of us have put our guard down but in a good way. We are no longer occupied with daily tasks, objectives, projects, assignments, etc. to the same extent as before. For many photographers, all projects and commercial work have simply been cancelled. Our entire life, as well as the photographic one, has been put on hold. 

There is no question that this pause has caused stress and insecurity, especially financially,

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