A Fallow Field

Friday, March 6 was a day like many others for me.

I got into a car with my cameras and lenses and made my way to downtown Los Angeles.

As I rose to a high floor in California’s tallest building, I started visualizing the outdoor places I’d work with the subject. Arriving early gave me a chance to walk the route twice.

We started on time and everything went as planned. In fact, the results exceeded my expectations. The subject was curious and engaged. That’s a perfect combination.

45 minutes after arriving, I was finished and I took my leave. Nothing about this was unusual or different. Except that in order for me to have a similar experience, eleven weeks had to pass.

Last Friday, the drought ended. A new session finally took place. Other than a little added distance between my camera and the subject, the shoots were nearly the same.

I try not to think of the longest commercial hiatus in my career as a loss, but simply as a fallow period. Call it a natural pause.

There’s nothing wrong with an occasional unplanned break. This one has enhanced my appreciation for what I have and what I can do in the moment.

That’s not just enough, but an actual abundance.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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