I feel like I’ve hit a rut in my daily photos lately.
I was doing a series of urban blight-type pictures, but grew weary of that. And then the the days started getting shorter, with less light in the morning and after work to shoot by and for shorter periods of time. I’ve been stumped as to where to go and what to do next. Over the last few years, at this time of year, I’ve retreated to my little studio set up at home (an Alien Bees flash and some foam core white board) and concentrated on abstracts and the types of things found around the house. I’m not feeling that now, though. I feel like I’ve been there and done that.
Really, PAD (photo-a-day) is supposed to be about taking a picture every day, regardless of whether it’s good or not, much the same way a writer sits down to write regardless of whether it’s good or not. It’s about the act of doing it, the routine of taking a picture as a way of breaking the logjam, the photographer’s block, if you will. And if it isn’t very good, well at least you can say you still took a picture. But I don’t want to repeat shots I’ve already done… and that’s a danger for me when shooting at home.
So, what to do? How do I break free of the routine? How do I stretch myself, step out of my comfort zone?