inspiration Tag

That shows fear. And don't look over the shoulder of anyone else - that's nosiness. But what can a photographer do, when everything bad that they have ever done is lurking behind them? And everything that someone else is doing looks good and is in front of them all day? Whence cometh tranquillity and whither doth it go? I promise not to use cometh or doth again - but I had to do it at some time in my writing career. It was either doth or death. Well, let's get back to gettin' back that photographic tranquillity. We may need it to force ourselves into the studio tomorrow morning or to the camera club on a Monday night. If we find ourselves feeling a little anxious on either score there are things we can reflect upon: a. Whatever we learned in basic photography, we learned from someone else - either through book learning or practical demonstration. If it was crude stuff, we were learners, and no apprentice's work is that of the master to start with. I can look through my negatives and find fingerprints...

When you not, you not. And thank you to Jerry Reed for giving us one of the best explanations for photography there is. We've all experienced the streak of good fortune or creativity - of inspiration, facility, or felicity that leads to rapid success. We've picked up a camera at a wonderful location to see a wonderful scene and pressed the wonderful button as fast as we could. With any luck, the results have not corrupted in the memory card. Equally, we have all called forth the wellspring of inspiration, only to find the water table has lowered so much that it can't be found. The wisest of us have realised that the time for photography was not then, and gone home. I've spent entire weekends not being the wisest of us...

That's a question that leads off onto a number of roads; are we talking about what social imperative drove you? Or what muse inspired you? Or what fee was offered to you? Or are we asking for more pedestrian info: what camera did you use? A lot of artists in other disciplines would deal with the first three questions and find the fourth one puzzling or irrelevant. A successful writer might not know the name of the typewriter or word processor that they used to bang out their Pulitzer winner. A novelist might not know whether they wrote with a ball-point or fountain pen. They'd have remembered a Texta on the back of a chip packet, but...