Sometimes finding a flow to a place (or shots) can be quite frustrating because we can end up worrying if we’ve fallen into a rut. I usually end up worrying about this quite a bit as a result, mostly because it comes all to naturally for me. Falling into a rut isn’t any fun at all and it makes us, myself especially, more susceptible to the criticisms we face from others and even from ourselves…the ones that say we’ve been faking it all along & we’ll never get a good shot again. I’ve faced those criticisms more times than I can count, most coming from myself after a run of bad shots.
The thing is, and I’m almost 100% sure of this, we’ve come to the point in society & culture that we know how others will react, so we can then learn how to forge a way through to the shots we want without letting the outside world pigeonhole us. We need to find a certain flow to how we work that will still allow good advice from others help us along while getting past what keeps us growing & finding a certain flow. Getting stuck in a rut isn’t fun at all, especially if it just seems like nothing’s going to work at all; finding a way out of it usually takes a single idea or concept and then we have to just run with it, creating a flow around it.
Sometimes, we just have to get out for that flow to come to us because all it takes is one little idea to get the creative juices flowing. We get negative about the state of the world and it easily causes us to forget why we enjoy photography, putting us in a kind of rut. Being in a flow is more like getting shot after shot that works well and seems to buck the likeliness of a rut where nothing seems to work. At the same time, it should also keep us learning & trying different things with how we present the subject in our photographs.