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Photography as a Competitive Sport

Without goals in photography we would be drifting around aimlessly. However, says Mark Bauer, there needs to be a balance, and it is important that we don’t forget to enjoy the process of reaching those goals

Somewhere along the line people seem to have forgotten that photography should be fun. I’m not exactly sure when this happened, but everyone seems to be so serious about it these days. Hardly anyone seems to want to pick up a camera and go out and shoot simply because they enjoy it. It seems to be more important to create pictures which will impress people, get a million Likes on Facebook and win competitions. It is as if photography has become a competitive sport.

The modern photographer seems almost exclusively goal-oriented. The end result is all that matters, and the process of taking pictures is irrelevant. This leads them to choose working methods which...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 54 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers with work published worldwide. He is the author of 3 books, including ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’ (with Ross Hoddinott).

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