While I’ve been shooting film the past few weeks, I can’t help but notice the signs that I’m teetering toward a creative slump. How do I know? 1. I’m spending more time camera shopping online (i.e. putting dream cameras and film in shopping carts then exiting empty handed) for gear online than I am shooting; 2. I’m waiting for a photograph to happen instead of making one happen. This isn’t to say my time is wasted or that I’m being completely unproductive.
In one sense, I’m brainstorming new ideas as I obsessively think about the possibility of new cameras and projects. I’ve waded in and out of eBay auctions in search of a Polaroid SLR 680 and a Polaroid 250 Automatic Land Camera. There was the Contax T2 and then the Nikon F2 that I lost to a higher bidder. Gear, new or old, amounts to little when it sits in a camera bag or on a bookshelf. In another sense, I need to pick up my trusty Pentax K1000 and find a new spot to wander with my camera and see what I see. No lists or intentions, just some natural light and a sense of adventure.
When it works into my schedule, a day trip or driving a different route to a familiar destination always revives me. My sights are set on New York’s Hudson Valley for the next photo adventure. Fingers crossed it does the trick. Plus I’ve worked handpicked apricots and cherries into the trip, so it’s a win all around.
Until then, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite sites that never fail to inspire.
Photo Links From Around The Web
Feel free to chime in with your favorites in the comments. After I check out your links, I’m going out to shoot. Hope a few of you are inspired to do the same…
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