As previously stated, after some 'assistance' in the bar from my daughter I just about managed to narrow down what keeps me loving photography to five things, approximately. She then pointed out I can't waffle on about all five (approximately) things in one post.
So, here's the second of five posts as a series "Five things that keep me loving photography."
2] Go to an exhibition
Spending all day staring at my own images all day bores even me. I need to see something different.
We're lucky where I live, there are some really good local galleries. And some equally good coffee shops. These often carry interesting shows from local photographers. In a provincial city in the north of England we've had glorious prints from the likes of Adams, Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Godwin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Doisneau and many others. If there's nothing in town then Bradford with the National Media Museum and Impressions Gallery is a couple of hours train ride away.
These of course are only the photography specialists. All our local galleries have good to superb collections of painting and sculpture. Textiles are unfortunately rather less well represented. A visit to any refreshes and rejuvenates; even if it does sometimes infuriate.
To see other people's work, especially people with a different approach to mine, can challenge my weltanschauung. It kicks me out of my natural laziness; it refreshes and energises my curiosity. It rejuvenates my near lifelong love of photography.