Invasion of the Shoulds
The “shoulds” have invaded.
You should photograph more – the weather is no excuse for staying indoors. You should do another 365 project. You should take self-portraits. You should explore still-lifes. You should set up a home studio and study lighting. You should always carry your camera. You should broaden your subject matter. And on and on and on…
I understand where the “should” voice is coming from – after all, I went on fewer photo-walks in January than any month since I began this photographic journey. I strongly believe in the benefits of a daily photography practice. That commitment in previous years resulted in significant creative growth.
And then there is the fear that if I put the camera down for too long, I will never pick it up again.
But…for me, right now, I don’t want to listen to my “should” voice. I don’t want to do anymore than what I am doing – so I am trying to be okay with these infrequent bursts of photographic inspiration.
Take this image, for example. When I posted it to Flickr, my friend Suzette commented that it reminded her of a roller coaster – those moments of anticipation as you slowly climb the first hill, waiting for that downward rush of exhilaration and joyful terror.
So perhaps this quiet time is simply preparation for something yet to come – a chance to discover that this practice can be whatever it will be – daily or not; the same subjects or not. That the ups and downs – it’s all part of the ride.
Linking with the January edition of the Photo-Heart Connection, hosted by Kat Sloma