Photography as a Treatment For ADD

January 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

     I have always known that  I have a short attention span. My wife says that I have ADD but I've never been able to stay focused long enough to take any kind of a test for it. OK maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but it does seem that I can switch channels pretty quick.

     I love learning, but often get bored by the time I have an understanding of something. That has helped me with marriage. I have been married over thirty years but still don't have an understanding of it so I am still interested. It has not however always been helpful in terms of a career. Once things began to work smoothly with business, I would find myself getting bored, and trying something new to see how it would work. Sometimes it worked out, other times it was a disaster. Despite the pain there was always something to learn (and I love learning remember). I have found though, as I got a little older, that I did not welcome the pain quite as much.

      Enter photography. I have enjoyed photography most of my life and for a number of years it was a sideline business. I didn't want to ruin it and lose my joy. The reality is though that it may be the perfect job for someone with a short attention span. It is an art form and like most art forms you can spend your life getting better but never reaching perfection. Then there is the subjective factor. I sometimes see photography that totally amazes me. And sometimes I see award winning photography that does nothing for me at all. It obviously meant a lot to others though. Can I learn from that?

 

     And then, there is the day to day activities of photography. When you do anything as a business there are going to be things you don't like doing, but have to be done anyway. Photography has those of course, but you don't spend the majority of the time on those things.

     I love the creative aspect of planning the shoot, executing the lighting and props and then getting to find out if my idea has worked at all. That part often involves working with people which seems to be a combination of excitement and stress. After that you get to spend some artistic time alone editing and enhancing to see the final result of your work. 

     Add to that the time spent marketing, working on the website, scheduling, contacting old clients, and networking, and you should have enough to keep all those brain channels firing.

     Oh and I almost forgot the best part. After viewing the finished images a client recently asked "do I really look that good?" It doesn't get much better than that.

 


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