Creative Blues

Most of us go through creative blocks stifling the motivation to get out and photograph. Right now, I have the creative blues. I’m finding it hard to believe that I can go to any of my nearby locations and find anything to shoot that might interest me. Part of this feeling comes from regularly going to the same locations out of habit or by trying to fit my photography around my work commitments. The hours I have available in my day either before or after work or at lunch keep me tied to a very limited nearby locale and I feel like I’m shooting the same subjects over and over.

I know the obvious way to surmount this is just to get out and shoot not prejudging or convincing myself that nothing worthwhile will catch my eye. One of my favorite videos to watch over and over again on YouTube when I get these feelings is *X100: 1 Mile, 1 Year, 1 Lens.*   This amazing work by Todd Gipstein helps push away the negative thoughts that constantly creep into my mind around shooting repeatedly in a small geographic area. Todd captures images of some of the same subjects at various times of year with different textures, light and perspectives. The result is an amazing collection of images with a strong sense of relatedness accompanied by complementary background music in a beautiful video presentation.

I’m working to get through this dark place I’m in right now and I think the only way to plough through it is to just get out and shoot continually to challenge the self imposed limits of my seemingly overly familiar world.

If you’re currently in the same space as I am, I hope Todd’s work gives you some inspiration as it did for me.

As always, thanks for reading!

2 comments On Creative Blues

  • My experience is much the same in that my opportunities are limited to a specific area (for what I do), and time.
    Photography can be like the story of “The Student, The Fish, and Aggasiz”.
    The student is asked by his professor to study the fish and report. He performs a cursory review and reports.
    The professor challenges him to really look at and find other things.
    The student of course thinks this is a terrible idea…boring….he’s already seen everything. The student is forced to observe beyond the obvious. Ask questions, uncover and hypothesize.
    The fish is the same, it’s his perspective that changes.

    • Perfect Mark, that’s exactly the place I’m in as well. I’m working through it, took 5 or 6 film images this morning on way to work. Thanks for stopping by!

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