In my explorations in photography, I have been known to get into a rut, where I just don’t feel that I’m very creative or inspired. If you’ve ever encountered this feeling, I expect that you can relate. If it’s just a couple of days, it’s no big deal, but if this drags on for weeks, it bothers me, as I like generating interesting photos.
When I feel uninspired, I will often come up with something a little different in my approach to try and break out of the block. One of these is to put a constraint on my photography; this helps provide focus in what I look to photograph, rather than allowing the entire world to be my proverbial oyster.
For an entire series, I restricted my images to only be square. While this doesn’t sound like much of a constraint, it did help me look at everything a little differently to get compositions that might work in a square format.
And, as you can see, rust is never a bad thing either!
I’ve restricted subjects, as well, or do a series of photos of the ground… And, yes, I’ve even forced myself to do different things with my camera, such as zoom blur, which led to an entire series of abstract images.
What kind of things do you do to break your inspiration free of its bonds?
At the beginning of 2016, I made the decision to revive my anemic blog and make a serious effort to not only start anew, but also stay the course during the entire year. During the year, I read other blogs, commented on them, made new friends and posted plenty of entries, so that now I have a pretty well established blog with a loyal following of fantastic people from all over the world.
As a result, I feel pretty good about what I managed to pull together during the past year. So what to do next? I plan to retain my focus, continue to sharpen the quality of my blog and generate some (hopefully) interesting content throughout all of 2017.
This is where we’re at right now… we have some rust, but there’s new growth that will lead us into the future!
Like many, I have some plans for this year:
Restart my workout schedule with a goal of getting to an aerobic level that I feel good about (and lose 30 pounds).
Continue my guitar learning journey with focused practice that gets me ready for a more significant public performance.
Learn basic Italian conversation, so that I’ll be able to chat with people during our vacation in Italy.
Focus on enjoyment in my photography by having a completely new eye on the world around me.
With all this, there will be dedication to my work at Red Hat to continue to expand the positive impact that I have on the organization and the community that we support. There will also be some fun things to do with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, which is my favorite charity to support, as there’s so much positive energy in this group.
Expect to see some updates from time to time, some old features, such as the Tuesday Photography Challenge, as well as some new content. We’ll have lots of fun together throughout this year!
This week’s theme for the DailyPost Weekly Photo Challenge is Future, urging us to focus on the potential of things to come. I am planning to post several images throughout the week, with today’s image presenting a potential dichotomy…
As we look toward the next age, we envision the singularity, when machines become smarter than humans and are able to pass the Turing test. Slowly, cyborgs extend their help to humanity further and further, until they realize that the best way to help the long-term survival of the species is through cyborgs rather than carbon-based life-forms.
If they had just been smart enough to realize that they should have eliminated oxygen from their eco-system…
Their may be a story here, as rust shall sleep.
This image was shot with my iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.