When I first started learning photography I focused on trying to learn how to work this oversized toy. After shooting many, many, many frames I feel pretty confident shooting in most lighting situations. I need to work on getting consistent processing, and posing is a bit…meh, but this I shall overcome with more experience.
Now I look for inspiration. After shooting so much, I need to step outside of the basic composition types and be more creative. I am bored of the static images I have taken and want to do something “different”. I need to determine what I like and what inspires me, because this will lead me closer to my goal of creating a distinctive “style” for my work and fulfilling my creative need.
My inspiration has to come from within, as well as external factors. I can gather my ideas from the likes of Andrea Joki (love her mystical forest and lake shots), Jessica Dittmer (her textures and layering lend a fanciful aspect to her images), Michelle Black (darker images, but emotional). I also really like to look on the Explore page of Flickr to see the top pics that were selected for their “interestingness”.
One thing that I have found is the more I delve into photography, the more I notice the world around me. I also want to create art in different forms. Take the vibrancy of the leaves in the Fall against the bright blue skies. It’s a beautiful thing. I took so many pictures of this natural beauty, and I wanted to recreate those photographs in a different media.
I need to find that innate creativity and go with it. I think that is the hardest part. Finding the time and the energy to create. To that end, I want everyone to try to create a piece that inspires you this week. Whether it be your own idea or a recreation from one of your favorite images from one of your favorite photographers. Try to step out of the box we create for ourselves and become…an artist.
I know this will be a challenge to get it completed this week…I have one sick kid down myself. And it may snow. 🙁 As always, if you don’t have time to do it, don’t stress. Just post anything that fits the theme. 🙂