"Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs ..."
~ Jack Benny
Before coming to photography as a hobby, I tried my hand at golf. I quickly learned that golf wasn't for me. However, not being one to give up on things too lightly I persevered with the sport for approximately two years before coming to the inevitable realization that whilst playing golf I was more interested in the beautiful scenery around me rather than the length of the grass on the fairway or - in my case - the rough. To me, a round of golf was simply a good walk spoiled and, believe me, I was walking significantly further than my golfing buddies!
"The shortest distance between two points is a straight line."
(A straight line was a rare phenomenon in my golf game.)
But, enough about golf! I want to talk about photography. My experiences with golf gave me a deep appreciation for fresh air and beautiful scenery. I wanted to walk the hills and chase the light rather than rummage in the rough for a ridiculously small white ball. Thankfully my, albeit unfortunate and short-lived, experience with golf was but a stepping stone to my true passion: landscape photography. That said, my two years playing golf wasn't wasted; when my golf buddies were lining up their Tee shots or assessing the lay of the putting green, I was surveying the landscape studying how the sun bounced shimmering reflections off trees; how the clouds rolled shadows over the fairway and all the time I was subconsciously storing and composing future landscape images. My point is, regardless of how we arrived at photography we can bring our life experiences to the subject - and we should consciously use our past experiences to express ourselves through art. For example, whilst out roaming the North Antrim Hills the scene of rough terrain and long grass depicted above reminded me of the numerous times I spent in fairway verges (I'm being generous to myself here) trying to recover a bad situation.
"Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mould the experience the way you want. It's therapy."
~ Erykah Badu
I've evolved from put, put, putting to click, click clicking!
Best regards. Steve L.