There’s an old saying about someone being a “jack of all trades and master of none” which always struck me as a cop-out.
Sure, it’s good to know how to do a lot of things and solve your own problems when possible.
I can rake leaves, sew on a button, and cut up squash. But doing any of those things is a poor use of my time. Anything that gets in the way of creating art, especially when I get paid, isn’t in my best interest.
To me, the specialist should be lionized. Committed concentration and deep attention leads to better work.
There’s a modern definition for doing a whole bunch of things simultaneously called multitasking.
Multitasking is so pervasive that when you see someone in the real world not multitasking, it’s noteworthy.
Recently I was documenting a workplace in Manhattan near Wall Street where deep thinking and concentration is the rule, not the exception.
Some call this monotasking but I prefer to call it virtuosity.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2300 completed sessions in all 50 US states.