Photographic Mojo MIA
I have come to the realisation that my photographic mojo is missing in action.
During the past six to eight months, I have not spent a lot of time in the field.
The notable exception was our huge African trip last October, where wildlife photography — quite a deviation from my usual subject matter — was a massive part of that, and I came away with some extremely pleasing images and life-changing, unforgettable experiences.
Upon our return, I went on on seascaping session with a friend, who has got more into seascaping. I was not pleased with my images from that morning, and consequently never published them. I have not shot a seascape since.
For quite a few years, seascape imagery was my bread and butter, as it were. I would be out almost weekly or fortnightly, chasing pre-dawn images by the ocean.
We have recently returned from Israel, where I shot architectural interiors and the odd landscape. I landed some images I have wanted.
However, since returning, I have not been motivated to shoot at all.
Being on six weeks' leave, I have had plenty of time and opportunity, but I have elected not to bother heading out.
Right now my headspace is not so much pre-occupied with other matters; it is just not in gear for photography at all. Maybe next week I will head out for a dusk/twilight cityscape shoot, but it is telling that I have not bothered to shoot at all. Usually on my annual leave, I like to get out there at times when the schedules of daily life are not obstacles; but no, not this time.
Let us hope my mojo returns. Right now, it is missing in action.
I have had these periods of downtime quite a few times now, and I recognise that I simply have to weather the storm, and wait until I get the itch again. The most difficult part is not knowing when that desire will return. It is not gone; it is just on holiday for an unspecified period.
Published on Saturday, 26 January, 2013.
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