My Mood Is Changing ... Again

Stanley Halpin stan at
Tue Jan 1 10:16:27 EST 2019

Dan, I’ll borrow your thought: changing latitude as a way to change attitude.

When I travel, I take pictures. When I am home, the cameras mostly sit unused. However I find that I can nicely scratch my photographic itch in two ways.

First, I try to be observant, looking for photo ops. Doesn’t matter that I don’t have a camera along, I’ll see something happen, and will think about how to capture that scene. 

Second, in between trips I have the joy (chore?) of reviewing all of the images, keywording, rating, selectively processing, sharing… I do this in small batches, trying to be quite deliberate, thinking about what I could have done to improve each image when I shot it. Sometimes trying to discern why I had bothered. 

For me, each of these approaches helps maintain photography as a learning experience for me, which makes it interesting and challenging, which keeps me going through the doldrums. And if nothing else works, then I research my next destinations and try to previsualize the images I hope to bring back next time. Back to South America in a couple of months, Iberian Peninsula and Western Med this fall, NZ and Australia Feb-March 2020, back to Alaska in August 2020 - I have many upcoming opportunities for inspiration. Sooner or later my health or financial resources or both will run out and I will fall back to careful reviews of past adventures. Until then, I intend to keep on changing latitudes. 


> On Dec 31, 2018, at 1:43 PM, Daniel J. Matyola <danmatyola at> wrote:
> I find myself devoid of inspiration.
> I only hope that a change in latitude will produce a change in attitude.
> Dan Matyola
> On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 1:21 PM Godfrey DiGiorgi <godfreydigiorgi at>
> wrote:
>> I've posted this note to a couple of the photo forums I participate in, in
>> the hopes of inspiring conversation. So why not to the photo mailing lists
>> and others who I share my occasional photos and rants with as well? For
>> those amongst you who make photographs—or any other kind of art—feel free
>> to share your thoughts. :-)
>>>> By mood I mean my desires in photographic endeavor.

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