I have just read an online article about photographers being generalists or specialists. I am no expert, but I think there’s nothing wrong with being either.
I say this, because, I am now aware that I have started as a generalist. I’ve had the desire to photograph almost anything and everything; from the golden and blue hour subjects to moving objects or derelict buildings. But in so doing, I have learnt a lot.
Until I realised what definitely interests me.
Every time I sat still on a corner in a public place, my attention got drawn to how humans interacted with one another and with their surroundings. I was usually at a distance and could not hear anything. So, their facial expressions and gesticulations left me guessing. I found these fascinating and decided to capture the enigma with my camera.
My niche was born. Street Photography. I’ve got a lot to learn about this genre. Is this the path to becoming a specialist?
It is surely where my interest is heightened. For now.
We shall wait and see.