I've taken up many different hobbies over the years. Most fizzle out after a matter of weeks, but one that has come and gone through my life multiple times is playing the guitar. I've had an on-again, off-again relationship with the instrument, at one point even buying a very expensive model, well above what I felt "worthy" of playing, as an attempt to motivate myself to stick with it (spoiler alert: it didn't work).
My main hurdle with the guitar (and now the ukulele, as I've also been getting into that over the last few months) is that it's easy to slip into the comfortable habit of just looking up chords and tabs to songs and trying to emulate the performances. At that level, I don't feel like I can call myself a musician, even if I can lay down a pretty catchy fingerstyle arrangement of the Eagles' "Desperado." I'm not creating; I'm not learning.
Photography, on the other hand, makes it a lot harder to be a copycat. It's certainly not impossible, as a cursory glance at @insta_repeat will reveal, but it takes real conscious effort to replicate another photographer's output. And in the absence of such deliberate imitation, as you take more pictures, you can't help but find your own style.
Next "on the road" 5 day workshop in Athens, Greece, 13-17 Sept 2019.
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