Since the inception of 5280 Lens Mafia in August of 2012, I have posted 1,173 times — almost daily for more than two years. These realizations come to mind:
• Quantity is a lousy substitute for quality.
• Slipping into sloppy habits sneaks up on you.
• I’m tired.
There’s another important realization: I have made friends around the world here. Fans, even. You know who you are. You’re all queued up in the line of “likes” below my images. I am grateful for your loyalty.
But I’m worn out. It has dawned on me that posting daily had become the goal of my photography rather than posting well. I have leaned on the routine of posting rather than on capturing the imagination of a mind’s eye.
That needs to change. I need to, as better photographers might say, rediscover my muse.
So I’m on hiatus. But I’ll be back. I just don’t know whether it will be 10 minutes from now, or 10 days, or 10 weeks, or 10 months.