"The more things change, the more they are the same" ~ Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
So having spent a bit of time focusing on myself out of necessity and I've also had some time to think about a few things. Some thoughts have been photography related, some have not. In relation to my involvement with photography I guess it was something that's come full circle. I started getting involved in photography because I wanted to show people how I saw things - things that were different. I was never any good at drawing or painting so I guess photography was where I eventually gravitated towards.
The other reason I got involved with photography was because I enjoyed it. Because I loved it. When you stop loving what you do...then you've become a slave to the process and that's not the kind of life that I want to have. Then again, does that mean - as a photographer that loves taking photos - I should be exploited for it? The amount of time, money, effort and energy that I've spent into learning, education, trail and error, self development, the blood, sweat and tears and everything else in between...should that count for nothing? I don't believe so. Which is why I've now established processes and protocols so that doesn't happen in future.
I don't ever want to lose the love I have for photography and in hindsight, selling out or taking on projects that I didn't have any love for and was simply doing it for the "great exposure" didn't align with who I am as a person and as a photographer. In going forwards with my work from here, this is the mentality I'm hoping to maintain.