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Photographers Block ..or lack of inspiration02/12/2012 - 6:06 PM
For my first blog post in some time I return to an old subject, that of inspiration, or more accurately lack of.
I should add, of late I've found it hard to conjure up new ideas, as some may have noticed, my portfolio has moved from predominately landscapes (and seascapes), to more images of a more abstract surreal feel. Landscapes will remain important to me, I enjoy the time alone particularly at sunrise, its a magical time, but in future it will be quality over quantity.
The problem with the direction change is its hard to think of ideas that are new, harder still to get that idea into a believable image (an average images takes >10 hours in Photoshop).
The “Death of a Salesman” series was influenced largely by the Arthur Miller play, and the work of Gregory Crewdson . (I still have images I've yet to get right littering my hard drive).
The following are my images to date:
Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Sins of the fathers
Hang in there
The Dorothy & Timothy series, was derived after been inspired by a number of artists on Flickr (I wish some of these would join EPZ); Yves Lecoq, Michel Lagarde, Sarolta Ban to name three. I had an image in mind, a train emerging from mist / fog for about a year, but it was lacking a twist … until I was helping my daughter clear out her bedroom, and going through the toy box.
The series is almost complete, just one image to go (WIP) then I can finally move on.
To my mind the initial D&T image The Gamble is still the best of the series. Why? I think because it doesn't have a direct human influence, it allows the mind to do that.
Now my next conundrum, is what next? I'm torn I've always admired surreal artists, Dali & Magritte, together with a little known UK artist, Neil Simone there are a couple of other surreal artists I've stumbled over including Dorothea Tanning. I would like to take some of their influences into my work, but I don't want to go to far down the avenue of Digital art. I also don't know whether to continue to produce work as part of a series, or whether to just do “one off's”.
So to the point of the blog, I'm desperately seeking that next bit of inspiration. I'm reading classic novels, I'm currently reading the original Bram Stoker “Dracula” but I think that's been done to death – unless I can think of a completely different twist, no damsels in distress holding a lamp in a graveyard, no teeth etc etc.
I'm listening to various albums as I travel the length and breadth of the UK, I've been watching films – but alas nothing seems to be working. Why? I wish I could put my finger on it, is it because work has taken over a larger part of my life, is it because my mind is “in a better place”, or am I just striving too hard for that Idea to come to me? am I trying too hard?
Do I continue to predominantly use Black and White, or do I use colour?
I would like to hear how others have overcome that block. How do those of a creative mind overcome a block, I would love to hear how you have achieved it.