Recently, I’ve found myself in several online discussions with other photographers about the appeal of organized photo tours or impromptu shoots, versus individual photo trips. To my surprise, many of the others echoed my preference to do their photographic exploring (generally outdoor and landscape photography) on their own. Interestingly, like me they often described themselves as introverts. I have to admit, this was more than a little reassuring.
I am an assistant organizer for a photography group through Meetup.com, a service that provides a web presence for interest groups of all kinds (check them out). The other organizers and I arrange photography opportunities that range from a few hours at a local event to a weekend at a distant location, and which may attract as many as 40 photographers or as few as 4. A frequent complaint from new members is that once we meet on location and get oriented, we then disperse to get our shots. Some people buddy up or are part of a small group; many of us shoot alone. To me, shooting alone is normal. While I enjoy socializing before and after these events, I’m there to take photos and ultimately, that is a solitary activity, even if for just a moment. Being creative is generally a solo act, whether it’s painting, writing, or composing a symphony.