Inspiration. The dictionary says… the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to be creative. To stir or excite. Yep, that’s what we want. Ironically, the opposite is depressant, discouragement, deterrent. Now, my deterrent when not out photographing is sometimes laziness. It’s too cold, I’m too tired, I don’t want to get out of bed… and the list goes on. Or, maybe, a little fear? I have been working on this website. I’ve left out a lot of really nice images because of fear. What if you don’t like them? What if someone says something so negative, it dilutes my enthusiasm? Well, in order to grow, we must put ourselves out there for others to see. It’s ok. There are a lot of images I don’t particularly enjoy that I see everyday. Inspiration is energy. Get in the zone and go shoot. Make a plan. Where do I want to shoot? What time do I need to be there to get the best light? Just do it! Half the battle is getting in the car and getting there.
Now, sometimes while at home, I get uninspired. I see the same things, I know what is around me. My soul is inspired to shoot, but, my heart is not into it where I live. Since it is cold outside, I’ve made a plan. I have dabbled in compositing. I am enamored with the fantasy of it. I have a series I want to shoot, and I have started. I’ve written down several ideas within the scope of the titled plan and have started to execute the image. Certainly, as I finish an image, I will share. I’m going to try and not be too hard on myself. Ask yourself, “What Inspires You?”!
I ran across this quote on Piper McKays website that says it all:
Traveling stirs the soul, expands the mind, unleashes creativity and allows you to dream about the future.
Yes, it does…