Race-car drivers have a self-deprecating expression they sometimes invoke to explain off-track incidents: "Going into Turn 9, I ran out of talent..."
Last night, looking for old pictures to contribute to an upcoming "25 Years Of _______" collection, it occured to me that in terms of photography, I probably ran out of talent in about 1989.
I wasn't too shocked by that, since it's all too easy for me to get comfortable with my own limitations! But it also would mean that all the time, money and effort I've invested since then in cameras, lenses, publications, workshops, materials, etc. actually hasn't had any effect. All that stuff may have enabled me to make pictures more easily, or deliver them in different formats/media, or have more fun making them... but the pictures themselves aren't really any better.
Anybody else ever feel that way? If so, does it bother you?