My friends notice the lull

Last night, several friends expressed that they were sad (or frustrated) that I wasn’t posting photos like my days of yore. One of them said they were scared because they don’t see most of the photos I take. They might’ve been half joking, but I think there was a hint of seriousness in their jokes.

I tried to explain that I shifted gears. Quality over quantity. Of course, they wouldn’t have any of that.

Read “Rethinking my photography” and “Slacking off or more focused?” in other browser tabs, then come back here. I’ll wait.

Seriously, that’s the truth. Priorities have temporarily shifted because of school. Would you carry a DSLR camera and lenses when you have college textbooks to read through and homework?

When the motivation strikes me, I go into Lightroom and look for photos I overlooked the first time around. But, after work or a long lecture at school, I don’t want to do anything. I’m usually camped in Google Reader catching up with feeds, or going through email. Those are my low energy tasks. But, when I have free time at home, I should be processing photos since I can’t do that anywhere else.

I need to schedule chunks of time or adopt the procrastination hack. (It definitely works.)

Other than sporadic paid gigs, that’s not happening right now.

On some level, that might be the wrong mentality. Can you blame me?

In conclusion, sorry, and I’m trying my best. 🙂

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

4 thoughts on “My friends notice the lull”

  1. Don’t worry about it and don’t let people make you feel bad for not posting as much. I for one completely understand. It’s a time issue because of school. Heck, and just to proof that you’re not the only one with the problem, here’s a statistic from my Flickr account:

    02/2008-08/2008 (LA, no school): avg. 43 uploads/month
    09/2008-08/2009 (Savannah, school): avg. 14 uploads/month

    My account was completely dead from April to July because I had such a busy spring quarter that I totally got out of the habit of taking photos. Only after catching up with work through the summer break, I specifically took time to take photos again in August. It’s hard to stay focused and steady with a hobby like that.


  2. At least you still try. Ever since I started work, I find it hard to just do my hobbies. I just end up playing games to relax or watch tv.

    I haven’t even reupgraded my flickr account. Woe is me =\


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