Photography can be a really solitary pursuit, especially in some genres that require you to venture into the wilderness by yourself, sometimes for days. This great video examines why that feeling of being alone may actually be a good thing.
Coming to you from Ben Horne, this interesting video follows him as he talks about the feeling of solitude that often comes with being a photographer and why he thinks the modern expectation of constantly being connected has magnified that feeling beyond what it used to be. There's no doubt that a lot of us feel a tinge of anxiety when we lose that connectedness, but as Horne mentions, maybe that slightly somber feeling of solitude we might feel when we head into the woods with a camera is actually a good thing — a sign that it's time to recalibrate our need to be in constant contact. I personally find that these excursions tend to have a lasting impact: when I return from such a trip, I generally find myself much less reliant on my phone. Of course, it's good to carry a phone in case something happens, but perhaps leave it switched off; you can always power it on if you need it.
Lead image by Zukiman Mohamad, used under Creative Commons.