Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I must admit I’ve been in a creative funk for the past few months when it comes to my photography. Sure… I’ve worked on a few collaborative art projects, but for the most part I’ve not had the creative energy or desire to make new photographs or even revisit older work. A big factor is that I’m teaching 9 online art and photography classes and by the time I get done with online teaching for the day I’m mentally drained.
I attended the Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference in Greenville, NC this past weekend and was given a huge jolt of inspiration to get back to making pictures. It was great being immersed and surrounded by so many creative and passionate artists and photographers.
I was very much inspired by the various speakers, excellent exhibitions and just talking with my colleagues about photography. It was also great seeing so many of my old SPE friends at this years event. It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been attending SPE conferences since 1985 – so this makes my 29th year being a part of the SPE Southeast family.
I came away from the conference with a head full of new ideas and “fire in my belly” for making new photographs. In fact, I stopped numerous times during the drive home from Greenville to take pictures in the late afternoon light.
The main thing I got from the conference was that making art is hard work and you just have to do it. You can’t always wait for inspiration.
Something things one of the speakers Amy Friend said during her presentation really stuck with me.
“What do you want to say with your pictures”?
“Photography is about self discovery – a threshold…a place to enter.”
“Fear is an integral part of the creative process.”
“You must live a photographic life”
“Pick subjects you are passionate about – work happens through work.”
So now its just a matter of setting some time aside from my online teaching and other demands to pick up my camera and take some photographs. Even if it is one hour per day. Even if it is doing some post-productions on past work.
It really isn’t about being inspired. Its about doing what I do – being who I am and that is an artist and a photographer.