Now & then it seems like I’ve run out of things that really matter for me in photography, but then something comes along that helps me grow. Whether it be the frigid cold of winter, the downpour when it’s too warm for snow in winter, or just the general lack of ideas when it comes to photography, there’s always a time when I think that it’s all been done before. Originality is something that can be quite hard to come by, but all that’s really needed is the desire & drive to do something different, or at least try it. Tweaking a method can result in a new way of seeing, working, or even editing and that’s what downtime is good for…I guess.
When it comes down to having ideas of what to take photographs of and when to, it’s usually a matter of what effectively speaks to us. And by this I mean what we want to say through the scene in front of us, or even the prospective scene. It’s about what it makes us feel and how it does that; when I’m looking at something, I mostly want it to say something, even if it’s just speaking to how the colors & textures intermingle in the beauty of a natural scene. I look at traditional Asian decoration and I’m astonished by the intricacy of the designs, making me want to convey the flowing lines through the simplicity & beauty of a natural scene in front of me; this usually leads me to floral shots because of the little details in flowers & other plant life around me or in the scene itself. Sometimes, it’s a simple country song that leads me to go for a nature shot and, other times, it’s an alt-rock song that makes me do just that same thing. In the end, it’s what inspires our ideas & how we go about getting past the lack of ideas in going for the photographs in front of us.
Having a lack of ideas can be some of the worst poison for the creative type, not just the photographer, and it’s something that we all suffer from, not just the average person but some of the people who make photography a living. In a way, it’s kind of like having a close friend desert you, just not quite as severe; it’s most likely that way more so for professionals, but that’s just a guess on my part. A lack of ideas should make us want to read up on what else’s out there and then try to do something different, or even seek out new ways of seeing a scene & potential shot(s).