It occurred to me this evening that it sure is a lot easier to be a doctor than to be a fine art photographer. You can't say it's a matter of experience, I have been photographing a lot longer than I have been practicing medicine. Perhaps I wouldn't feel this way if I had spent 12 years in a fine art photography programme at a good school but I don't know.
There are times when out photographing and one shot after another just seems to fall into place and I can't help feeling - is this all there is to it - it's too simple, too easy, anyone could do it, and of course it's true - the actual process of making an image with modern equipment is pretty darn simple and issues like colourspaces is just a matter of finding out the right way once and for all, it's getting to the point where you are ready to press the shutter that is the tough part.
Day to day though, I'm glad I have medicine to provide my income, even if photography could pay as well (it does for a limited few). I sit there and the patients come to me, they tell me their problems, I develop a hypothesis about their problem, ask a few probing questions, examine them for same, maybe run a few tests and voila, I know what to do with them - if only photography were that simple.
I have to come up with an idea for a subject from a complete void, I then need to search out a location and work the scene, over and over before I find what I really want, then I have to somehow organize it into a working composition. I need to edit the image. Using the tools is the easy part, it's knowing what you want to have them do that is challenging.
Andy's a Phd. physics and a published photographer, wonder if he feels the same?