Empathy

This is a heads up. I obviously love this craft and do it a lot. Whenever I go anywhere-- around the block, around the globe, I'm packing heat, watching and waiting, armed to the teeth. My poor spouse.

She observes and writes and sketches, but mostly she waits. For me. I love her for it. She knew coming in what she signed on for. This is a real issue for us shooters. We must respect our subjects, but we must respect our partners even more. Be kind. Give them a break. Understand how taxing it is for fellow travelers. Put the damned

thing away once in a while. Don't show them every shot.

It's not a bad idea to wander with a fellow photographic traveller too. And sometimes they can be an extra set of eyes and ears. Or competition. But that's good. My friend Jrdn gets it.

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