In a previous post about Passionate Photography, we examined how finding your passion areas in photography is the key to moving your imaging to a whole new level. Now it is time to spread our passion a bit further. Those of us who have passions in photography probably also have passions in other areas.
For example, I am passionate about teaching and writing, and education in general. My other passions include infrared landscape and abstract photography. You may be passionate about food, gardening, travel, or other interests in addition to your photography.
Many people keep their passions separate. A passionate accountant and surfer, for example, might work as an accountant in the day and surf before or after work and on weekends. This is better than trying to ignore some of your passions. But we can do better.
Imagine the possibilities if you found ways to bring your passions into alignment. In the previous example, perhaps the surfer/accountant could build a great accounting practice for professional surfers. Because he speaks the language of surfers, he could be amazingly effective.
Likewise, a photographer who is also passionate about food would probably make a better food photographer than other photographers who just ended up shooting food because of market forces.
In fact, the more passions you can integrate into your photography practice, the more successful you are likely to be. Work will no longer seem like work, you will have fewer competitors, and your work is likely to have unique qualities that let you stand out.
This is broadly true in life as a whole. In a busier world it is harder to find separate time for our passions. If you can integrate them you’ll have more time to follow them, be happier, and probably be far more productive as well.