Talley wrote in post #17057646
I've been out of commission for a few months now. Haven't hardly used my gear which was very unusual. I normally use my gear every weekend and I've gone weeks without using it. Last things I did was a couple cash smashes for some friends kids and did some stuff for my kids and it was getting pretty good I was using my studio stuff alot but it was also alot of work too.
I think I got burned out. Plus I've been showing interest in modifying a vehicle I recently got so I think my "interest" in photography has gone away.
Has anyone else experienced the same and what do you suggest I try to relight that spark?
So, here's my question: why do you do photography? Do you do it because it's fun? Or do you do it because you're a photographer/artist and creating content is your job (whether you're getting paid for it or not)?
And I'm not being rhetorical. That's a critical question. And if you don't know the answer, I think you'd do well to figure it out.
If you do this stuff because it's fun, then why beat yourself up over the fact that you've "lost the spark"? If it's just about fun, and it's not fun any more, then screw it and just find something else to do.
And if you do this because it's your job as a photographer/artist, then there's really no solution other than to keep on doing it. Maybe you'll gravitate towards some different kinds of photographic work, but you won't discover what that is without continuing to work. It's not always gonna be fun and sometimes you'll feel like you're stuck in a rut, but you're probably not gonna get out of the rut if you don't do the work.
So, that's the question. Is this fun or is it work? If you just do it for fun, and it has stopped being fun, then why act as if you need to keep on doing it? And if it's work, then the first thing you should do is to make sure that you keep working. Maybe good things will happen, maybe they won't, but you're a photographer and doing this is your job. And it's just like any other job. Nothing good happens if you don't show up and/or don't do the work. And even if nothing good ever comes from it again, at least you did your part by showing up and doing your job.