It is the routine that matters, especially in times like these; batteries charged, cards formatted, podcasts loaded, camera readied, kilometres walked.
It is the routine that drives me to the streets, even when I’m not feeling it that day, because in the routine lies the reward. Sometimes it is a photo I love, or a new friend that I make, or maybe just a long walk in the sun.
… it all comes from the routine.
Chuck Close said:
“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”
I dislike his use of the word amateur here, but the sentiment is bang on in my opinion: Do the work, build your habits, put in the miles and good things will come from it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but the results will come.
Here are a few random images from photo walks I have taken during the last few weeks / months / years of COVID. None are my strongest work, but they all came from the routine.