There is a point to this little story. A few days ago after a day in front of the computer I went for a short walk, to a disused Railway station a few miles away. There is a small cafeteria there and I get on well with the owner.

So while enjoying a quick cup of tea, two young guys appeared who were probably just still at school or about to become students. One of them had a Pentax D SLR camera, and was enthusiastically talking about photographing the old station. I suggested it would look good in black and white. A short conversation followed, mostly with me doing the listening for a change, and it became clear they had an interest in photographing anything they thought old.

I don’t normally say who I am, or about my job, unless people ask, so I was happy to let them enthuse about what they were trying to do.

The thing that struck me was that they have a theme they can build upon as life unfolds for them. In reality, while professionally you have a body of work that grows quite quickly, it is sometimes for the enthusiast, difficult to build the same in any sort of depth, as a lot of things are tackled photographically speaking.

However. among the variety of situations and subjects that many turn their cameras too, there are likely to be a few growing potential portfolios. For example on holiday, how many have shots of the sea? With a few good shots across a few trips you have the start of an ongoing series. Ditto that for landscapes, churches, close-up and macro subjects to name some more

If you start to look at the series of images as ‘one’, then it becomes easy to see where can add to those images and take things further. And I can assure you that as you look back at shots created over time, with an ongoing theme, a lot of pleasure can be had in that. Not only that but who knows the value in every sense of those shots in the future?

End. (01/08/10).