Needing a Car

Recently on a photography internet forum someone posed the question:

“Can you be a good photographer without a car? It seems to me that photographers that have cars can have greater freedom in finding locations and venues for photo shoots where those who don’t have a car or access to one either have to pay a lot of money for a studio rental or give up on the hobby completely.”

As I was thinking about the question I considered my own photography-hobby. How often I had considered getting up a 4AM to travel to some location away from my home, ready to shoot just as the light would be “just right!” I thought about how difficult it would be to get to those locations without a vehicle. I’ll admit I started thinking.., at least for the type of photography I enjoy, even demand of myself, that a car is pretty essential.

As I was reading through responses to the questioners’ question I found this response from a photographer which seemed to jump off the page at me,

“[Without a car] you may find it difficult to comply with rule #1 of large-format photography: ‘Never more than 10 feet from the car!’ You’d be amazed at how many of Ansel Adams’ photos have a big old, yellow Cadillac just out of frame. Now back to your problem, ‘limitations can be an ally of art. They force you to be creative.’ So you can certainly be a good photographer without a car. You may just have to work at it.”

OK, now that the questioner (and I) have been adequately but gently rebuked, I’ll admit that what has kept me from getting that “just right light” morning shot has not been my access to a car, but rather my preference for sleep.

Why post this on my blog about tech arts in the church?

Well, I wonder how many church techs are being held back waiting for a new console, moving light, video camera or projector?

Do you believe your limitations are the ally of art?

They car, errgh ‘can’ be.

It’s up to you.

Photo attribution: friskierisky on Flickr