Stacking the deck with inspiration
A few Sundays ago the both I and mother nature were under the weather. It had been raining straight for weeks. Autumn had reared the ugly side of its head and brought cold temps. All the leaves had dropped, ushering in what we in Vermont refer to as "stick season," when all of the hills are drab brown. Needless to say, I was having a tough time finding anything I felt excited about shooting.
Fortunately, my wife came to the rescue with an idea: field trip to the DarkRoom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont. On that day the gallery was having an artist reception for a juried show of self portraits. Perfect, I thought. If I can't figure out what to shoot, I'll go look at some great photographs and talk with other snappers and maybe find some inspiration there.
So that's the first part of this post, and something I intuitively knew but it hadn't really dawned on me until I was standing there looking at and thinking about photos. Getting better at photography can occur all the time. The gist of it is this: if I'm not shooting, or processing, or reading about photographs, then I can still grow by looking at photos, talking to people about photos and thinking about photography. Duh. Light dawns on marble head...
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