It’s been a while now, quite a while actually since I’ve been out photographing ‘on the street’ and I’ve no idea when I’ll be back with these dark mornings and evenings, despite the daylight time-shift.
When I do, I believe I will have to do something radical to make more meaningful pictures.
… but how do you do that?
These photos were all made with the Sony NEX6 which I only had for a few weeks either last year, 2013, or the year before until I realised it was broken.
I actually broke it myself but with the expert assistance of the shop clerk. I showed him my flash, a National PE-2006, and asked him if it would work with it to which he said yeah, sure.
Of course, in retrospect it was obvious to anyone with any actual knowledge of digital cameras that that flash would blow the circuits in the camera. A week later I got rid of it and never went back.
A sad story but using a different camera did help make different pictures but they weren’t different enough, so how do you make different pictures?
The only way I can see is to either be different or try to think differently, so how do you do that?
Things I’ve contemplated trying:
– read mind expanding/altering literature, tried Naked Lunch 14 years ago.
– watch brain squashingly weird movies, ongoing.
– listen to music on a loop, previously worked for a painting.
– take trippy hallucinogenic drugs, never have, not sure I ever should.
None of those options would give immediate results that wouldn’t just be a facsimile of the inspiration, other than the drugs, because it still has to be processed by my brain’s ‘rationalisation process’.
I now think that changing the ‘rationalisation process’ of what’s a good picture, or a new picture, needs to take time and that that period of time is the dreaded lull in creativity that everyone experiences.
No matter what it is we do, painter, photographer, scientist, we need to allow time for our brains to absorb the book, the movie, the drugs or the moment before we can see differently … either that or I’m completely talking out of my bum-hole.
If you’re low on inspiration just wait, I’m sure it’ll come back and it’ll be good (fingers crossed).