When I grow up, should I be a General Practitioner or an Open Heart Surgeon? Actually, I never had dreams of being a either, but the question is the same - is it better to be a generalist or a specialist? The consensus often leans in the direction of being a specialist. You make more money!
The same holds true in photography. There are photogs that specialize in portraiture, architecture, fashion, editorial, weddings, etc. And then there people like the Hudson Valley photographer extraordinaire, Rick Sammon. Rick states, "My specialty is not to specialize." I like that.
If I had to choose, I'd fall into his camp. Everywhere you look, there is a photograph waiting to be taken. A story to be told, a feeling to be conveyed. And there are so many ways to do it. We have panoramas, image blending, high dynamic range, Focus Stacking, infrared, macro, light painting, etc. It's like being a kid in a candy store. Additionally, I believe that photographing different genres will make you a better photographer.
There is a wonderful saying in the East - the beginner has infinite possibilities, the master has few. I'm not sure which is best, but there is room for all of us.
As I write this from the beautiful Hudson Valley, we are in the middle of the 2016 holiday season. And unlike last year, we are having a bona fide snow blizzard. Sometimes it's nice to be snowed in (if you don't have to go anywhere)!
Photographically, it has been a wonderful year. The highlight was winning First Place in the NECCC Sigma showcase photo contest. Also, very exciting was having my work included in the multimedia performance of the "Grand Canyon Suite" by The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the auditorium were large screens displaying images of the Grand Canyon as the symphony played. It was an excellent performance. And, of course, the photos were great. Additionally I was in several other wonderful Juried and Open exhibitions this past year.
Travel wise, we went to the Grand Tetons for a week of photography and hiking. This part of the country is incredibly beautiful. It's next to impossible not to get great photographs there. We have also been busy with several commercial projects in addition to photographing large events, and also doing portraiture work.
Feel free to get in touch with us (through the Contact page) if you have a photo project you would like to discuss.
Anyway, hope this past year has been rewarding for you, and wishing you all the best for a great New Year.
John A. Verner Clear Lotus Photo