I believe the true test of a person is by how they deal with the big challenges in life. Adversity is something that we all deal with and share as part of our common experience. How we deal with these, whether we rise to the occasion or wallow in the mire, can decide our success or failure in life. Lately life has thrown me one of these challenges. In Late January I was diagnosed with FAI . My version of this is that the ball portion of my hip is rectangular shaped. Over the years it has deteriorated to the point that I am now unable to reach my left foot or bend down using my left side. Over the last several months I have learned to adapt to these limitations. The pain associated with this is moderate but I have been able to mitigate it with ibuprofen and rest.
You are probably asking yourself what this has to do with photography. For me, everything. Standing for long periods, climbing into the sierras and simple things such as laying on the ground to take an image have become tedious, to say the least. I haven't stopped doing them but it's not easy. As you get older you learn to adapt to your limitations. There isn't always a quick or easy fix. So I am in the process of adaptation where my photography is concerned. I need to think about every shoot that I do. How long is it going to take? How much gear to I need to take and how much does it weigh? Are there any angles that I want that are going to mean bending down, laying or kneeling? People say that the first part of addressing a problem is to accept that fact that you have a problem. This was tough for me. I've always been very capable. An avid skier, backpacker, cyclist and swimmer, being active was part of my life. While, with the exception of cycling, I still do these things, they aren't as easy and I have to deal with the pain, during and after, if I want to do them. The thing is I won't give them up. I am choosing to motor on. It would be easy to just sit quietly and smell the flowers, for those Ferdinand fans out there. Or I could choose to adapt and overcome.
Photography is an adapt and overcome business and hobby. Skills are learned, applied and then you must learn new skills to add to those to grow in your abilities or to grow your business. The world of photography is ever changing. Cameras with new technology are being released constantly. Software is being updated, changed. New software is being released that needs to be looked into to see if it can help you in your endeavors. Complacency is death for a business and that is even more true for photography.
So I choose to keep on innovating, improving, learning, growing, adapting and I will overcome. In both my personal life and my photography career. I will never give up and I will keep plodding along