Like a lot of amateur enthusiasts, I punctuate my life with jags of my passion for photography. I spend time researching new equipment, learning new techniques and practicing my craft. On one weekend recently I took my first a trip with the exclusive purpose of photographing fall colors. I hadn't take a photo-only trip before, I shot E-6, which I hadn't yet done with my 4x5, and did my own developing which I had never done with E-6. I worked at making photographs all day long, moving to new locations during the high sun. I drove 300 miles, hiked 30, slept on the ground and immersed myself in making art.
The experience was gratifying, and resulted in a sort of right-brain storm which had me illustrate my photos with a story:Autumn
I brought the story to work, and made a few people cry. But mostly my passion ends with my own enjoyment. I'm wondering how do other non-professional photographers find a reason for their art? I end up feeling hollow if I've accomplished art without an audiance.
So how do you find your raison d'etre? How do you create purpose for your art?