I know I’ve done this before, but I thought I’d do it again. What inspires us to do the best we can? Where do we get our ideas from? Everything from music, beliefs, work & play inspires us to do what we do. I can be doing something at work and, all of a sudden, come up with an idea for a photograph or a design; it can even be a certain play in a sports game that triggers an idea (I say this because it has totally happened to me). In a way, it’s how we deal with a situation that can inspire us with different ideas, not just for photography, but for our lives. It’s trying to get ourselves into a creative state of mind, or even just a positive state.
The crazy thing is that although the world around us seems like it’s falling apart, we just seem to think that means we can just get caught up in thinking that we can’t shine a little light to inspire even just one person. We all need to get past the point that we’re unable to do something because of genetics and learn to use what we’re given to do something that will actually mean something to someone, myself included. I have to force myself to get outside most times, especially after a long work week, and then I don’t feel inspired most of the time either; it’s a condition of who we are, lost in all the crap around us & the wrong within us that we can’t really seem to want to inspire others.
In this crazy world, there’s so much to distract us from doing something worth it…Just look at all the new stuff on sale at the nearby store. It comes down to the question: do I really need that expensive new DSLR or Mirrorless (the geeks will know what I mean by this) to capture something that inspires others, not just myself? If my answer is yes, then I’m completely full of something none to pleasant and should be seeking to really ask myself if I’ve lost it. Stuff, or gear, can inspire, but it’s really only on the outside, on a superficial level (like the latest shallow pop crap coming out of the music industry). So, until the next time I decide to rant, get out there and inspire!