Are housebound days more bearable in hot and sunny weather or is confinement easier on the cold and wet ones? As week six of lockdown measures in the UK drawers to a close, I’m still not sure.

Maybe the answer depends on the quality of your garden? I know on the better weather days I’ve found it particularly difficult not being able to head out to the Yorkshire coast, dales or moors.

This week I got the chance to finally process a couple of shoots that had been hidden away and collecting cyber dust for a few years. One of the sets was of a unique sunset over White Wells on Ilkley Moor. Unique because the sunset broke through a thin gap on the horizon under a thick layer of grey cloud.

Prior to this spectacular light display however, the moor was a different place and many photographers would be forgiven for not venturing out on such a drab occasion. But those who know me or have attended any of my photography workshops will know I’m not the sort of photographer to stay indoors just because the light is “flat”. I can be found in all conditions, just grateful to be outdoors with a camera and adjusting my approach accordingly.

I remember several years ago reading an interview with Alec Soth, whose photography I greatly admire. I can’t remember exact quotes but the gist of it was emphasising the importance of photographing for a project and how he couldn’t imagine taking photos just for the sake of taking photos. Instant imaginings of clean project-based workflows juxtaposed with my piles of hard drives packed with an innumerable amount of lost, abandoned and parentless photos seemed appealing. But that’s not who I am. And now, more than ever, I realise that it’s the act of picking up my camera that saves me day out, day in. Whether it’s for a project, job or just an aimless ponder. The camera is my counsellor, the viewfinder my meditation, the click my fix.

I couldn’t imagine only picking up my camera for projects.

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