I used to work in some rufty-tufty environments. Places full of excessive testosterone and misplaced machismo. Where men were constantly over compensating and women were glad they were elsewhere…
Now I work pretty much alone and it’s quite nice. No toxic masculinity or competitiveness. Just me, my camera and lots of nice stuff to photograph.
The nature of my work – commercial photography – helps me come across a great deal of well thought out, well coordinated and carefully selected nice stuff. Lots of it.
I have found that I have become quite the aficionado of soft furnishings. I walk into a house/ hotel/B&B for the first time and admire the choice of cushion, bed spread or rug. This is good, this is better than my previous life.