flowrider wrote in post #17066655
You sound like Talley here on the board.
If you really want to explore photography then you need to shoot what interests you. Try a 52 week or 365 day challenge. It'll get you shooting and posting. Or photograph and blog about it. Like writing or anything else in life it's a lot easier to do things when you have an interest in them.
One thing I do with our daughter who's almost 22 months now is to do a photo a month. I plan and do a setup portrait with her. I'm primarily a portrait photographer though. imo there's no better reason to photograph than to capture the love of your life growing up.
That's very good advice, but I think the critical thing to do is to just keep shooting period. As in, even if you can't think of anything that's interesting.
That's not to say that inspiration doesn't come from other places, but good ideas happen from working. By all means, take time off to do research and get inspiration from other places. But as photographers, the work that we produce are photographs. If you photograph INTELLIGENTLY and supplement that with research and analysis, then something interesting will come from it. If you're making work, then it's gonna take on a life of its own. And if you pay attention to it, it'll tell you where to go next. Even if you've got no idea what interests you, do you know what's a good way to find something interesting? Getting out there and shooting anyway. Because good and interesting things have a tendency to happen even in crappy photographs that aren't "keepers". Do the work, go out and shoot. Pay attention to what you're shooting, analyze your photographs and notice interesting things in the stinkers and then try to follow through and do it better next time. But you can't see what's working and what isn't, what's interesting and what's boring, without actually making images. Ideas happen when you're working.
And someone else made a similar comment this week. Used to use the gear a lot and shoot a lot, hasn't done so in a few weeks/months (due to lack of interesting subject matter) and is thinking of hanging it all up. Well, is it at least possible that the sudden lack of desire to photograph is at least in part caused by the whole "not shooting in a few weeks" thing? You can shoot for a lifetime and never get a good image, but if you're shooting then you'll almost certainly get "almost good" images which drive the photographer to do it again (only a little bit better this time). That dries up when you stop shooting, because now there are no longer any "almost good" images coming in to provide the photographer with an incentive to have another go at it. There's no comparison between the actual image and the image in the photographer's mind, because now there's no actual image being made. That comparison is extremely important. If you're shooting but dislike the outcome, there's still constant influx of suggestions of "what could be if I tried a little bit harder." That's what drives people, and that's also what dies once they stop shooting.