In the DSMIV – The Diagnostical and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – there is no POD (Photographic Obsessive Disorder). Maybe there should be! I went on a short holiday recently, and couldn’t stop seeing everything with a photographer’s eye. Sure, I got some good shots – and my fair share of disposable ones – but I must admit there were times when I wanted to shut down my ‘photobrain’ and just take in my surroundings – without the compulsive desire to continually capture various fragments of it . Even driving was sometimes problematic, ‘cos when you are constantly and suddenly distracted by some interesting shadow or texture on a building, it’s generally advisable to be the passenger! I even found myself groaning with remorse as another photographic opportunity vanished into the retro-horizon, but if I’d been the sole arbiter of when to stop we honestly would never have got there! I just had to grin and bear it. Like most things in life, its all about balance. Do any bubblepersons out there have ‘issues’ with their photography – or any art-making for that matter? We’ve all heard the old cliche about the fine line between creativity and madness. Any thoughts – disordered or otherwise?
Standing back from one’s creative process – or at least trying!