I’m going to admit it. I really don’t like my photography course. Like, I’m on the verge of hating it. Every time that I go to read my course notes or try to work on an assignment, I feel like I hit a creative roadblock. The content is dry and at times, really not relevant and the references just don’t inspire me. My thinking at the beginning of the year was that it would help me become a better photographer but at the moment, I’m questioning that all together.
It’s strange because I was always one of those kids that thrived in a school environment – I liked doing homework and getting good grades. But with this, it’s something completely different. I’ve got another four months left and six modules to go – I’m not sure how I’ll get through it but the geek inside me says to keep going so I will.
So what does one do when they’re creatively stuck? Well, in my case, they buy a new camera and challenge their own ways of shooting. One of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to photography is taking it outside – the people on the streets, the strange looks and accidental bumps as well as other uncontrollable variables like weather and traffic all scare me like crazy. But I’ve set myself the challenge to get better at it before I go to London and Paris later this year.
I have to admit, my Oly EM10 has made it all the bit easier to take on this challenge. His discrete looks don’t scare the masses plus he surprisingly handles a few situations better than our SLR. Here’s a few snaps from our South Melbourne day-cation over the past weekend:
Okay, so it’s been another couple of months since my last post and I’m still contemplating how much longer I should keep my blog going. I haven’t quite reached a decision yet so in the meanwhile, I’ll keep this running until I figure out what to do (which is kind of a best of both worlds answer at the moment)!
Anyway, I finally got around to putting some shelves in our hallway over the week. Our little house though small, is blessed with an extremely wide hallway – our hallway is over two metres wide which I love! One of the first things we thought when we bought our home was that the hallway needed some kind of storage so that it was functional but without compromising our space. Over time, we’ve added cabinets but it’s the shelves that really have completed this space.
There’s still much to do in our home – it really is a never ending process but at least that’s another that’s off the list!
As a part of the course, there’s some open forums where students can share their progress or graduates can share their work – kind of like Flickr. And naturally being my nerdy self, I’ve been checking out the forums to see what others are doing out there and get tips for modules that I’m trying to complete.
The challenge with that is that I’m not actually inspired by what I see but don’t get me wrong! There is some amazing photography of landscapes and portraits in there. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating these kinds of images as well as the courage to share and receive feedback for them. It’s just not the type of photography that I’m personally in to and that makes it hard to be motivated because I’m such a visual person.
So to make sure that I keep myself motivated, I’ve set up some inspiration cut outs from my favourite photography sources on the wall behind me when I’m studying. I love simplicity and stillness in photos from photographers like Alice Gao as well as magazines like Cereal which has always been what I want to be shooting.
I’ve got a long way to go but hopefully it will keep me motivated – at least I’ll be able to turn around, get a quick dose of inspiration then hit the books again!