kaitlyn2004 wrote in post #17099041
I used to be much more active in this section and photography in general. Then life got in the way - I think. I honestly haven't picked up my camera in some time and just taken pictures. I definitely know I still enjoy it and the resulting photos I get to remember, but I am just not taking the photos anymore.
Everyone surely goes through a similar funk, so how do you get over it?
Not sure if this is gonna work for anyone else, but I personally just try to see it as my job. Doesn't matter if I'm making a single penny off of it. I'm an artist/photographer. Once I stop being wishy-washy about it and accept that I am indeed an artist/photographer, then creating work is my job. I sometimes get in a "funk" in my "real" job, but I'm still expected to perform, and this is no different. I don't get to quit a "real" job just because I got in a funk, and the same applies here. If I get to quit photography just because I'm in a funk, then it was always just a hobby. And if it was just a hobby for me, then I shouldn't feel guilty for giving it up.
So I guess my advice to you is to just figure out why you do this. Is this photography thing just a hobby, something you do because you like it? If so, just do what you like. People drop hobbies all the time without feeling guilty, so why feel guilty about this? If you stopped enjoying it or you're too emotionally strained to do it, then okay. Nothing wrong with simply not doing it any more. But if this is WORK, if this is your JOB, then you just need to keep on doing it. If you're gonna own the title of "artist/photographer", then you need to deliver results. That's your job. And like most jobs, you do it even when you are in a funk because your job is to deliver content. That's not to say that you need to be working all the time, even most "real" jobs are legally required to provide a certain amount of time off. So yeah...take a little bit of time off if you need to. But if you're gonna keep being an artist/photographer, eventually you're gonna have to start producing work even if you don't feel like it. Because that's your job.
Also, I know that people handle adversity in different ways. Some people simply cannot work "when life gets in the way", and that is what it is. I'm not saying it's good or bad, it's just how they operate. Other people do their BEST work when "life gets in the way". But don't disregard the potential for turning a negative into a small positive. When life gets in the way, that's uncomfortable as hell. Sometimes that's NEW as hell. It's painful and unexpected and uncomfortable, and sometimes what photographers and artists need to do is to deal with what isn't comfortable. When pain and tragedy happen, a totally viable option is often to tap into that pain and tragedy in order to deliver new work. Not saying that you should do that, I don't know. I'm just saying that sometimes that's a viable option that's worth considering.