Rebooted After A Hiatus From Photography
An artists can fall within the ruts of boredom and stagnation in artistic creativity. Feelings of disinterest, disgust, frustration, and apathy are among some of the elements of burn out. This process of photography and its products that we are so passionate about, is hard to let go, even if we need to. How can something that is loved so much, bring this much stress and misery? A hiatus may be in order. It was for me. Could you drop your camera and walk away for a while to reboot? I was shooting on a regular basis from 2008 through the later part of 2014. I was shooting mostly models, and my work was a mix of glamor, fashion, and portraits with small handfuls of artistic expression thrown in. It was a great experimentation in light, shadows, textures and the technical side of the camera more than anything else. A typical shoot could last four to seven hours as the model and I would try our best to get at least three different sets in. I grew tired.
Several things were going on to make me want to give it all up.1. I was not focused on where I was going with my work.2. I was making images for the wrong reasons.3. I became frustrated with relying on other people I couldn’t count on.4. I had hit a plateau on my growth in photography. I’ve been on hiatus- not that I stopped shooting all together, but stopped planning big shoots with tons of gear. I hardly read a book about photography. I didn’t spend time on the web searching for inspiration. I quit worrying about wardrobe, shot lists, angles, gear, scheduling, sunlight, reflectors, generators, or strobes. You get the idea by now, the exhausting list goes on. Not to mention the hours of post production work that is involved. I hardly picked up my DSLR for about a year, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t take any pictures.
Taking shots with my phone, as an idea recorder/learning tool, I converted a few shots to black and white, and played with contrast, light, and tones. It was a a great study of my composition. It was a great break from pressures I placed upon myself, and I have found where I belong- not so much making images to practice, but to use what I know for the images I want. The passion is back, and I’m anxious to shoot many things, places and people. This time, with a more of a fine art approach- making images I want to make, not what the world expects.
I have started over fresh in my photography, now that I understand more about light, reflection, shapes, and composition. The learning has not stopped by any means, though. Maybe it just took some time to reboot, to think on what I have already learned, and how I want to apply it to images that I want to make.0