It is always a pleasure to be reading along and suddenly just stop on a line that hits home. Over at Rob Haggart’s site, A Photo Editor, I stumbled upon this:
“You need to have a life first so you have something to draw from and you need to consistently produce work.”
It is immediately apparent to me that this sums it all up, many things. Running a blog, two in fact, I have realized that when I am in the office working long hours, inspiration for new content is slim. Other than a few Re-Tweets of things I see, I come up blank. Sure I keep a list of “To be Blogged”, but even that stuff seems dishonest when all I have been doing is tapping and mousing. I want fresh.
The same can be said for creative content in photos. Do the photos we produce match our life? Yes, absolutely. We live in an amazingly beautiful place. Our photos put people in the landscape. It is what we see, it is what we find beautiful, it is what we do. Having lived in the Dolomites for just over two years, we are still taking it all in, especially in our images.
The second half of the quote is something I have long understood and believed in. We must produce something that is a result of our work, our skills, and our intelligence. It makes us happy to create.
To bring these two ideas together is something we must all strive for – balance.
Janine and I are feeling the desire to try something new, to challenge ourselves with some new way of seeing and thus producing. We vow to look at our surroundings in a new way, and especially our friends and what & how they do things.
Just in writing this I have come to realize that when I shoot in a place like India, I study the people, I study their actions, and especially their eyes. With this I become determined to make an image I find interesting. To produce great work from the life I enjoy living and am seeking to understand.
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