I don’t know if I have been thinking too much recently, but I have started to question the photographs I make. Some examples are:
- Are my images different to those of anybody else?
- Is it still possible to make images of popular subjects that haven’t been done before?
- Does the world need more photographs, hasn’t every thing been photographed already?
My answers so far:
- No, yes and not enough.
- Maybe, but I’m not sure how.
- Probably, apart from very rare subjects.
So where does this leave me? Confused is probably an accurate description at the moment. Lack of focus, short attention span and apathy are all present as well. I’m calling this my “Can’t be a***d” period. I’m in a funk. I’m glad to say I’m not the only one who feels this way at times. American photographer Zack Arias summed it up in his video statement below.
So what am I doing about it? Nothing and everything. I’m stepping back from holding the camera, but planing things to do with the camera. I’m making images but not trying to find images. I plan, I research, I do nothing. Everything seems to help in its way. I need to rest.
Are you now more confused than me? Probably. It is amazing how in a few hours doing all of the above has helped. So what is the outcome and what am I going to do? Let’s look at my answers to the questions now.
- For the majority, the answer is no. There are some that are different. I need to study these and find out why. Does this mean I stop taking ordinary images? No, because it is through making these images that the vision improves and the different approach forms and develops to produce the? new work.
- Possibly, I need to work on it. I have a few ideas, but they need testing first. This will be the hardest thing to develop.
- No it doesn’t need more images and yes probably everything has been photographed, but the world demands more images, there is a need for more images. I can give it some of my images.