I feel as though my photographs are pretty weird these days. But they are also closer to being truly mine.

When my husband and I cook together, he likes to follow the recipe — exactly, This is because he is just learning. I’ve been cooking many years, and this experience allows me to use the recipe as more of guideline or series of suggestions.

I feel this way about photography, too. I have little desire to follow the rules and make pictures as expected. And I’m frustrated with myself when I get in my own way, allowing my preconceptions and biases to prevent me from seeing differently.

I am trying to see things and not label them as good or bad. I’m open to nuance and shades of meaning.