Good article here which I found via the marmalade cafe on coping with a creativity drought.
The Creativity Drought – http://www.laurenhenkinblog.com/2011/05/the-creativity-drought/
Not that I am in one at the moment, I am not but I am trying to decide is what I want to photograph for my next assignment in People and Place, the assignment title is a sense of place.
I was in Greenland recently and I have always loved travel photography and traveling with a camera so one possibility is to use some of the photos from this trip. The reasons for my hesitation are:
That I found taking the pictures relatively easy. I want push myself with each assignment, to stretch myself so I am not sure if I should use them because of this.
Also I want to think about what I am saying with the set. I want to say more than “here are my holiday photos” I was struck by how different life was there, it occurred to me that while I am carrying on as normal living my life the way I do all these other things are carrying on, these people live so differently to us.
On the other hand being a photographer is not just about using a camera. There is also the post processing, selection and editing and putting them together to make a narrative. All of which I probably do with practicing too.
One of the things I have taken from this article above is the need for down time, for time out for reflection. I almost always always carry a camera with me every where I go. Sometimes I think it’s because I will miss a moment. Nothing wrong with that per se however I am beginning to feel like it’s putting me under pressure, or rather I’m putting me under pressure.
This passage in particular is interesting:
“I realized that when we hit these periods of stagnation, that it may be our mind’s way of reaching some kind of plateau, and that in order to continue rising, we have to grow as individuals before expecting to grow as photographers. It’s a hard thing to admit, but by being open to the possibility, I believe I could encourage some very creative thought.”
I am a photographer but also I am more than just that, I am so in the habit of looking at the world like I was looking through a camera that I cannot walk down the street and internally commenting on the quality of the light, thinking about the composition of the picture in front of me etc that I’m missing out on participating in life.
“Anyway I think one of the things that attracts people to a life of photography is the self determining, non-conformist, outsider, Steppenwolf, aspect of it”.
Above is a quote from Clive, one of the tutors who regularly participates in the forums on the OCA. It sums up how I feel sometimes, that the camera can be a shield between you and the world. Sometimes this is useful, to stand aside and observe but sometimes it leads to remoteness and isolation.