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Finding inspiration

I have been thinking recently about the difficulty of scheduling inspiration.  I often have the desire to make pictures, or I see something that inspires me, but I’m not actively taking pictures at that moment.  On the other hand, I schedule times during the week to do photography, but there’s no guarantee that inspiration will hit at that time.  How, then, can I better accommodate doing the work when the creative impulse is the strongest? This summer I have decided that one thing I can do is to make photographs in my backyard.  I’ve taken pictures on and off over the years out there, but this summer I’ve decided to make that space consistently and readily available.  This allows me...

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Take your foot off the brake

 All of us have experienced pauses in our work – times when it is difficult to think of a project, or to find the time, or to prioritize our photography. Whether you call it an artist’s block or some other kind of barrier, I would say that in some way you have your foot on the brake. Rather than looking for something outside yourself (over which you may not have control) to change, it is more productive to look inside yourself and see if there are things you do control that could help get you moving again.  My wife recently introduced me to the idea of a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. If you have a fixed mindset, you feel your talents...

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