Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m a tad lazy. I get into a habit of ignoring the camera and feeling uninspired. As much as I love what I do, sometimes I feel drained – empty of creativity – and picking up the camera just seems like too much work. For an artist, that’s the death knell of my work. I need to be creative – and sometimes, I have to force myself to try.
The good thing is that art is something like priming an old pump, if anyone has ever experienced that. Those old wells with a hand pump at the top don’t just spout water if they haven’t been used in a while – you have to literally pour some water down the pipe and start pumping like mad to get the water from the well to come to the surface. In photography terms, it means just get out there and shoot.
It doesn’t matter to me if I keep the pics or not, it seems that the act of actually using the camera starts the creative juices flowing and I end up with something, usually, that I’m excited about. If all goes well, I’ll not only be excited, I’ll have a slew of new ideas swimming around in my brain.
That’s what I did today. I decided I was going to shoot a particular shot for the heck of it, and just see what happened. 10 minutes later I noticed something that’s been sitting in my kitchen for a while now and said “ooooohh, I can do that with it!” And that ended up being the shot for this post.
Granted, now that it’s on the computer (curse that 100% viewing option) I’m thinking I might need to reshoot with the camera on a tripod. It’s a tad too blurry for my tastes even given the subject matter – anyone want to guess what that is?
As an added bonus, the forced shots actually turned out ok – you’ll probably see one in a few days once I get around to editing it.
Subject: insulated foil bubble wrap from a cat’s medicine that needed to be kept cool during shipping.