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:

  1. Are my images different to those of anybody else?
  2. Is it still possible to make images of popular subjects that haven’t been done before?
  3. Does the world need more photographs, hasn’t every thing been photographed already?

My answers so far:

  1. No, yes and not enough.
  2. Maybe, but I’m not sure how.
  3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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  • Dan Santillo says:

    This sounds very familiar. I had a ‘what’s the point’ period a couple of years ago. Difficult to get out of, but get out I did. Landscapes can always be shot differently, even on Gower with its hugely oversubscribed number of photographers. A few years ago, I shot a photo of Durdle Dor which is possibly even more photographed than Gower so was very surprised when it sold to a holiday brochure and has been relicensed for 3 years now.

  • Nick says:

    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for the comment.
    My funks don’t tend to last too long I’m glad to say. Sometimes I feel I need to get angry to help me get creative and my anger usually stems from being critical of myself. Like most creative people, there seems to be the presence of some form of insecurity about what they do, how they do it, will other people like it etc. It helps you develop your ability to express yourself, and perhaps to look a bit more closely at the work you produce. I don’t know about you, but I am the harshest critic of my own work and if it was left to me most of my pictures would never see the light of day because they still don’t meet my expectations of them. This belief is both a positive and negative creative force. Positive because it makes you strive to improve, test yourself and develop further. Negative because if it is not checked, any work you do produce is never rationally assessed and most work will never pass muster as a result.
    After these funk periods normally I manage to get some clarity in what I am trying to do and outline a few plans, goals etc. My problem still is following these through to completion and to fight my natural tendency to drift off into other ideas as they form, resulting in an incomplete plan, fustration and back to the creative anger with myself. My creative circle continues! I now need to work on making the circle bigger so I finish plans before getting back to the creative anger again. Perhaps with completion of the plan, the anger may not happen and a new creative force will take over. I’ll just have to wait and see.

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