Photo: A group of worshipers of the umbanda goddess of the sea take their boat full of offerings deep into the water. The boat was loaded with thirteen watermelons. Aligned with the laws of physics, the boat sank almost immediately after they let it go. By: Martin Herrera Soler.
Yemanja umbanda celebration in Playa Ramirez, Montevideo, Uruguay.
I find myself in dire need to produce more (photographic) work. Before, in my earlier life as a photographer that meant ‘let’s go out and shoot’. But after I shot Peñarol, something great and something unexpected happened. It was great to finally, after so many years, to be able to think, conceptualize and to actually shoot within the context of a project . It was ‘a first’ and it was a radical change for me. With it came a side effect I don’t quite yet know how to handle.
These days I find it hard to just shot individual images. All of a sudden, they need to be part of project and contribute to a specific narrative. So, as much as I’ve gained, I feel that I have lost flexibility, or at least a more natural relationship to my photography. Go figure!
I wonder how all this will develop. At times I feel my overly structured corporate mind creeping in… so useful for some things and so inadequate for others! In the meantime I continue to conceptualize my next project and take my camera with me at all times… I wonder… Is this an issue for anyone out there? I welcome your comments and thanks for dropping by!