Photography for me is definitely NOT a group experience.
One of the great joys in my life is getting out by myself. Going where I want to go. Stopping where I want to stop and for how long I want to stop.
There are times while taking photos that it is almost a Zen like or spiritual experience. It’s being in the “zone” for lack of a better word.
I have never understood the idea of a few people getting together, cameras in hand and taking photos. I once drove by a photo tour/workshop by Hebert Lake in Banff National Park and it seemed to be the most uncreative atmosphere imaginable. The leader of the group, a short, bearded fellow was herding and directing his clients to better shooting spots and giving advice. Seeing that was my signal to move on and get far away from the group to find the solitude I experience when shooting landscapes.
Is this being anti-social? Probably but if I want to go out in the country with a group of people I would much rather be fishing or something like that where it is a shared experience. Photography for me is not.
Like the poem from Poe,
“As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—”
creativity has always been an individual act. As the old saying goes, “too many cooks spoil the soup”.