I have been in a bit of a photography rut lately, and rather uninspired. Winter has a way of doing that. Everything is white and brown outside, as it has been for the last several months. In these subzero temperatures, you can’t really go out and shoot in the cold, regardless. That means we are sequestered in our warm little homes, with children bouncing off the walls. Some fresh air would do us all some good.
I started my self portrait project to try to get out of my rut. It is starting to evolve into a different kind of project, though. In looking at a few of the photos, they appeared as if there could be a story behind them. Knowing there wasn’t one, as I took them in my home, brought me to thinking about creating stories for these pictures.
I like short story writing. I used to do it a bit when I was younger, but since it was pen on paper they were really short. The hands do get to tired. 😉 This is just another way to be creative in my own design. I’m planning on working them into a Blurb book as I go along this year, and I hope to incorporate some of Brian’s poems into it as well. The really do deserve a good home and to be in print. I have some photography ideas for a few of them.
It seems many people are searching for projects to help them be creative in their photography or just in general in their life. Don’t be afraid to venture off into a different territory and create something that will give you some measure of fulfillment. It is important to remember that these projects should be FUN, too. For me, I’m looking forward to creating a piece of both myself and Brian that we can give our children. I want to be able to show them that we have more in us than an IT Director and a CPA. It may not end up being a masterful work, but it will be created by us and that is what makes it special.
Let me know if you are setting out on some projects this year, as well. I’d love to hear about them. 🙂
And since I find it hard to leave a post pictureless…the above shot is from last weekend. We were at a friends house for dinner and the little ones were using Daddy as a jungle gym. I don’t think this one needs any words, personally. 🙂