Back in the olden days, I was a photographer. Before babies and motherhood, I was a photojournalist for the Air Force.
I wasn't bad, either. I was published. I loved it! Absolutely loved it! I would work 7 days a week, 12 to 16 hours a day, by choice.
Digital photography was in it's infancy, so I generally used an old Nikon F3 for everything. The military gave me film, batteries, equipment, lenses, filters and assignments. I also had access to a pro dark room and several different film and print processing machines. I was living the life.
Then, I got out of the military and never could afford a good SLR, much less any of the extras I would need if I wanted to continue photography as a career. The only job offers I received were for taking children's school photos or crime scene photographer for the state police. I can't say which was less appealing!
So, for years my skills have rusted, my talents abandoned. Today, I saw an interesting blog post about a photo project. It is p52 and it was started by the lovely blog goddess at My 3 Boybarians. Instead of a daily photo project (the pressure!), you submit a photo each week.
While there is less quantity pressure, looking at the submissions of others, the quality pressure will be there!! I have a point and shoot. I feel camera envy!
I intend to stick with this, though. I really need the practice and I really need to be doing something I love, just for me, again.
If you are interested you can join here http://www.flickr.com/groups/m3bp52/