Sometimes it is hard to keep the pleasure and enjoyment of
being a creative alive, the equivalent of writers block can strike all creative
at some point.. I have had it with both photography and music over the years
One day I had a strong idea for an upbeat dance track that
would have been at home being played in clubs etc.. It started off well with
all the right vibe, but then a block happened and the whole thing went off in a
different direction, so much so, that what I ended up with was a piece of music
that would have been great on a horror movie! When I finished the mix I had no
idea how it had gone from dance to horror, but it was another piece in my
arsenal of composed music.
I get the same from photography from time to time, and if
you are going to be an in demand freelancer it is best to focus and shot maybe
one or two different subjects and styles. I shot landscapes and wildlife for a
long time and then tried night photography and lightpainting.. All very nice,
and I still enjoy these styles. Then one day I had the chance to go on a meet
in a derelict hospital with other photographers and a handful of models. We
were to be doing portrait and fashion so flash would be needed as opposed to
natural light. There is something special about a grimy derelict building that
is hard to resist. Was with permission of the owners who allow paintballing
etc, to be done on site.
now have the fantastic Lencarta Safari, a battery powered system for location
photography I have blogged about it before here ( https://soundsandimages.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/follow-me-into-the-light/ ),
and I have also added two small flashguns to my camera bag as they are always
useful and can be used with coloured gels.
This changing and evolving photo genres has kept me
interested and taught me new skills, which in turn means people have more
interest in hiring me as a photographer and as a photography tutor.
I can shoot classic cars, motorcycles and tractors one day
and a model on a fashion shoot or family portrait the next.
So now that is what I focus on. Though I still do the odd
landscape, I would be daft not to living in such a pretty riverside town…
I still write music too, and have an album on CD and
download sites. This is a mix of world and ethnic instruments with synthesizer
and electronic drums.
Getting the block can be overcome, you just need the
inspiration to go and do something.