What inspires you?
All too often, I hear about photographers who have simply grown bored with what they’re shooting. It all becomes the same, and there’s no fire left to the craft. I find that terribly sad, especially when it leads to some quitting entirely something they once loved.
Perhaps I’m the strange one (but then, I pride myself on not fitting in), but I don’t quite understand how this happens.
For me, I’m inspired by every little thing around me. It’s difficult to go anywhere without a camera; I want to shoot everything! From my kitties at home to a particularly fluffy cloud. From a reflection that catches my eye to the simple art of mere garbage.
I get strange looks from Aaron all the time, and I always tell him, “Never question a photographer’s inspiration!” I’ve shot rocks and footprints, raindrops and bike spokes. I’m mesmerized by reflections, and I’m giddy over colors. Everything fascinates me, and every day is a new Christmas.
It helps that I love life and I see beauty in all things around me. I take hundreds of bad photos and occasionally strike upon something truly remarkable. I shy away from what everyone else shoots, and I strive to make an impact with something new.
It also helps that I’m interested in so many different things. I find euphoria in an epic landscape, but I’m immensely entertained by candid moments that come from events. I love the magnificence of wildlife, and I’m intrigued by details. I could go in so many different directions, that when I tire of one area, I simply dabble in another for a while.
One of the things I’d love to do is create a photography “bucket list” – experiments I’d love to play around with – and start trying them out. These could include light painting and double exposures, infrared and focus stacking. The world of photography is so vast; the possibilities are anything but pedestrian. I could never be bored!
What inspires you? And what do you think I should try next?
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