My original career back in the late 60's was as a photojournalist. This style of shooting was my first love. (see my pieces in early Video Journals about street shooting.
I've done every type of photography over the years (except weddings). The past ten years have been devoted mainly the landscape and nature, which is my current passion. But I do documentary and street shooting whenever I can.
For example, on my trip to the Amazon earlier this year the bulk of my best work was documentary rather than landscape. And next month I'll be shooting for two weeks in Madagascar and expect the same to happen.
Careers can be funny things. I started in industrial because at the end of the 50s and early 60s there was no way to get into pro photography that I could see. I´d started in a mech.eng. apprenticeship and when, after much trying, an opportunity came along to get into the company´s photo-unit, I took it.
Years later, when I got my own wee act together I had to do anything I could find just to stay open. I did about five weddings, fairly downmarket ones, having no reputation at the time, but my dreams were always about fashion. One damp, gloomy Glasgow day, I found myself standing on some dreary church steps waiting for a couple to arrive for their event. I shall never forget: my mind was going everywhere but towards the job in hand; one of the thoughts that hit me was about David Bailey, who already had a Roller at the time. I thought: how would I feel if he were to drive past in it and see this poor young guy doing what I was doing, knowing that HIS job was what I wanted? That was my very last wedding. Nunca mas, terminado! I decided that anything was better than that.
I think you have to self-inflict kicks up the ass like that in life. Moves the spirit, pushes one onwards.
But other guys love the job; takes all kinds.
Ciao - Rob C