Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Block

Copyright Monica L. Shulman
Night time in London.

Lately I'm feeling a bit blocked creatively. My camera has always been an extension of myself. Like another limb that was part of my body, an extra eye to look at the world through, my camera was my constant companion. These days when I take my camera out with me, it stays strapped across my chest or in my bag and I hardly raise it to shoot. I've been feeling this way for most of the summer (with a few exceptions including when I skipped off to London last month) and for the most part I'm feeling a bit blah about taking pictures (Instagram doesn't count). And I love to take pictures. It's not just what I do, it's who I am. Taking pictures, capturing people, places and emotions no matter how familiar or unknown is what moves me and motivates me.  I know (hope) it's just a phase and all artists go through it but I'm working really hard to get to the other side.  When you're in the middle of the block it's hard to imagine ever snapping out of it and having the burst of creative energy you need.  I'm really starting to look forward to fall and the excitement and promise of a new season.

Does this ever happen to youWhat do you do to get out of a creative slump or any slump at all?

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5 comments:

Victoria said...

Yes....It is happening to me right now. Pictures aren't really being taken, blog posts have been down to one or two a week, and I just feel blocked. I have a notebook full f inspirations and starts, but no pictures to go along and not enough inspiration to make good of any of them.

It will come back! Know that even in your "blocked" time, you got my attention and I am here to stay. If what I have seen over the last few weeks is you "blocked" I can't wait to see what creative and inspired is like!

Kayla Poole said...

Oh yes indeed. Sometimes I feel like I always shoot the same things (and I love those things!) but it can still feel stale. I've been pushing myself to take pictures in conditions I'm not 100% comfortable with in order to break out of my comfort zone. Also, putting the camera down occasionally certainly helps.

As a relatively new photographer, it can sometimes be overwhelming to compare myself to others. I don't tend towards jealousy often, but when I do, I try and soak up as much knowledge as I can from artists I admire: I definitely think I honed my specific style in part from following a lot of different people and their work and identifying what I like, what I don't and what I hope to be able to do one day.

Eeks, inspiration. It can feel simulteanously overwhelming & underwhelming.

rebecca said...

kayla made a good point. i'll go for weeks at a time and not shoot anything. i don't even feel the urge to. then all of a sudden, i'm craving the camera again. i get like this a lot in the winter... no light, too cold to take my camera out, bla bla bla. excuses.

Monica L. Shulman said...

thank you so much, guys. Sometimes it can definitely be overwhelming and while I wouldn't wish it on anyone, it's comforting to know that people go through it too - not in a misery loves company way, but more like a kindred spirits way.

Dancing Branflake said...

talented, creative, incredible

Seriously. Your blog is dynamite.