One of the old pubs in Aalborg. I think it has been there all my life, at least as far as I recall.
I came by on a rainy evening where the lights were reflected in the wet streets and the city really seemed to be alive somehow.
I read this funny little piece on being introvert yesterday and I have to admit it made me giggle.
But at the same time I also have to admit that I can truly relate to most of the point the author raises. He is a bit on the extreme side in some cases (New York will do that to you I guess), but still I could see myself in much of the situations.
I think that on my work life I have learned to find workarounds to being introvert, or I push myself out of my comfort zone to get the job done, but when it comes to photography I still prefer to take pictures on my own, alone and without being disturbed by other people asking what I am doing or what camera I am using, and I guess that shows in my pictures. But still, I want to incorporate more humans into my pictures. Not that I want to do portraits, but more like people doing stuff or being important elements in a scene.
I guess the key is to push myself more out of my comfort zone like I do at work, but as photography is my safe place I think it will be hard for me to make it unsafe. But I think it needs to be done.
During a far to long period of time I have been struggling to find the creative spark that used to drive me in my never ending quest for the great image. It has been incredible frustrating and annoying and this time the creative drought seemed to last forever.
I read up on the problem to find some "cure" for my "disease" and read suggestions ranging from "buy new gear" to "limit yourself" or "read a book". All sound advise , but it didn't really do it for me and I seriously considered to stop trying.
But, instead of quitting, I decided to keep at it to try and see if I found a spark somewhere....
I still went out with my camera and I still tried, but I came home with very little pictures and I did nothing to finish them in Lightroom because I felt they were rubbish.
Meanwhile I started using my phone camera and Googles Snapseed to do something very different, much more artistic and very creative. It then dawned on me that my creative spark had returned albeit in a different shape. Nevertheless I soon had 20 images that I felt were special and very different from what I usually do.
I then started worrying less and began enjoying taking pictures again. I even went through the rather large backlog in my Lightroom catalog and found out that many of them were actually quite good.
To celebrate, and to give me time to work on some new ideas, I will start 2017 with the 20 different pictures. It will be quite a commitment. 20 weeks locked to this project, without knowing if people will love or hate it, but the people who are wise in such things all say that you grow as a creative person when you step out of your comfort zone, so here goes.. well, actually not "here" but from January 2017.