Every time I read a story like that of Frank Driggs, who died a week ago, I'm reminded that a love of photography alone usually isn't enough—it's usually better if it's connected to some larger, deeper love, whether it be nature, family, people, political convictions, architecture, a place, or any one of the thousand and one other possibilities that drive people to want to look at, preserve, and record things that are important to them.
It applies equally to people who take or collect photographs. (Both are collectors, really.) None have written more succinctly or eloquently about this than Bill Jay and David Hurn in their little manual On Being a Photographer. If you've never read it, you must. The conventionally published version is out of print, but it's still available as a print-on-demand (PoD) book or as an eBook from LensWork Publishing.
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