It's Ok to Put the Camera Down Sometimes

We may not like to admit it in the day-to-day, but when major life events bring things into perspective, we see that as much as we may love photography, it is not the most important thing. And it is important to remember that sometimes, it is ok to put the camera down to practice self-care, be with family, and focus on the more important things. 

Coming to you from Matt Day, this important video essay features him discussing the recent death of his mother and how it has put things into perspective for him. I think it is something well worth thinking about. Particularly in creative fields, there is a tendency to grind, grind, grind, and work becomes so habituated in us that we feel almost guilty or somehow wrong putting the camera away to focus on other things in life. That can have real lasting and often damaging impacts. Do not be afraid to put the camera down and focus on taking care of yourself, spending time with family and friends, and simply being present in the moment. Matt also made a wonderful tribute video about his mother that is well worth taking the time to watch.

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Roger Jones's picture

I put mine away all the time, for days weeks or a month. Digital has burned me out, to much junk same old, same old, junk. I'm looking at film again, I still have a complete darkroom.

charles hoffman's picture

if you want your photography to endure as a reminder of your life, then the more you shoot, the more you'll have.
certainly, you don't bring a camera to mom's funeral, but asking a close friend to memorialize it is not so horrible, particularly if you trust the friend to capture its spirit.