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Photographic Apathy – it can happen to the best of us!

spiritualized67

Western PA, US
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spiritualized67 Moderator Nikonian since 01st Mar 2007
Mon 28-Jan-13 03:35 PM

Photographic apathy – it can happen to the best of us!

This demotivating condition can best be described as a state of indifference; the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation or passion over our craft. For some, the onset of a long dreary winter with minimal activity can magnify our feelings of apathy – affecting not only our mood, but our creativity. For others, photographic apathy may be the result of unfulfilled creative aspirations.

In my most recent blog article (sorry, would have posted directly to the Nikonians blog, but my Silver membership does not allow this), I attempt to address this condition, while offering up numerous suggestions on how we might help overcome these feelings: http://danielstainer.wordpress.com/

Here are but a few suggestions:

* Start a photography project: find a subject that is close to your heart, and tell a story.
* Celebrate the mundane: unique image opportunities are everywhere, even in your own backyard.
* Get your images printed and matted: photos become much more real when you can hold and hang them.
* Imitate your kids: don’t be so serious. Approach your photography with child-like wonder and curiosity.
* Stop comparing yourself to others: no good can come out of these comparisons. Cast away all envy!

I certainly welcome any additional thoughts on the matter. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but thought it important enough to at least start some constructive dialogue – as I’m sure many of us have or will experience some form of creative apathy at some point.

~Dan
www.danielstainer.com

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