It has to be said that there a lot of upsides to being a middle aged photographer these days. I know there are downers, but lots of uppers as well. Believe me, there are.
Being a Middle Aged Photographer – the upside
Recently I did a post about the downside and the problems of taking photos when you get older. Today I thought we could take a look at the things that are good. It isn’t all bad and there are definitely aspects to it that are good.
Going out alone
I feel a lot safer now doing that. Of course, there is always the fear that someone might want to steal my gear, but hey, it’s insured. I have often joked with people how we would always insist on getting the memory cards first. Take the camera, but not my photos.
Maybe it is strange, but I feel like my own personal safety is not really an issue. Well, I wouldn’t put myself in a situation that could dangerous, but in most places I am confident that I don’t need to worry too much. Seriously, who is going to want me THAT way, if you know what I mean. I’m old. Really, I don’t take it personally in situations like this.
Yes, you hear me saying a lot that I don’t have any money. It is true, I don’t. Maybe not completely true, I guess I am lucky that I’m in a situation where most of the money I make I can put back into my photography. Though I try not to do that too much. It has to be said that I do like to contribute here in the house in some way.
Anyway, it has meant that I have been able to spend money on my gear. My gear is fantastic. I’m not completely unhappy with it. Though I would like a mirrorless system, but if I don’t have the funds to get it right now then it will have to wait. What I have now is still enough for what I want to do. When I go out and take photos I’m not thinking I wish I had this or that to take photos.
Travelling around a bit is something that I can do more now. My girls are grown and they don’t need me much anymore. They are independent and doing fine. That means I can go away without worrying about them. Not that I go away much, but still.
There is my husband, but he never wants to go anywhere. Thankfully, he doesn’t stop me. It is fine for me to go places as long as I don’t drag him with me. I’m not surprised, he has always been like that. As you can see we won’t be buying the 4WD and caravan to tour around Australia in our old age for lots of reasons, but this one definitely.
Though funds are still an issue, and I have to pay for the trips myself. So I save and save. My reasons for not wanting to go overseas are part of this too. I have said I don’t want to go at all, but I do want to do a couple, small ones. I just have to make sure I help reduce my carbon footprint in other ways. Perhaps I should do a post on this soon.
It is nice that there are nearly always people to go out with. Many of my photography friends are retired or semi retired so finding company isn’t as big a problem anymore. I love going out and taking photos with other people. Right now I’m finding I have a few friends that I really enjoy going out with. Have been away with some of them and they have been fantastic.
One of the things that make it great is how we do understand one another. We understand our limitations and that we can’t do what a 20 year old would. Enjoy good food and wine is great. We don’t have to get drunk to have a good time. Life is good.
Finally, from a middle aged photographer
So what have I forgotten about? What do you think are upsides about photography once you become a middle aged photographer?
Here are three images that I took on my most recent trip. I still have lots to process, but I’m slowly getting through them. I’m off to my mum’s this weekend, so I am looking forward to taking more photos up in the Mallee. Have some new work planned and I need to get some images from there.