HORSE PRINT | AUTOPILOT
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Early evening. I have been to this location for the past 5 to 6 years. I know what the weather conditions will be like, the smell in the air, the mosquitoes, the muck water, how the horses will run through the water, etc. Here for the most part, I functioned on autopilot. I don't think about the environment or how to take the photographs, things just happen and I come back with decent looking images. I knew I was not growing any more at this location, familiarity had made me comfortable but I still just continued without making an effort to change.
Before I left for this trip, a friend of mine and I were having dinner at a restaurant in NYC. She asked, “what are you going to do different this time?” It was as though someone stabbed me with a dagger. She was right, I was coming back with similar looking photographs and nothing different.
I consciously made a big effort to change things around and not function on autopilot to achieve this photograph.
Since then, I do my best to change my daily routines. I don’t like all the results but I love having variety in my life now.