Lost Your ‘Phojo”?
For me this is a time to assess myself and see if I’m on the road I want to be on and make the necessary adjustments to regain my focus and reboot the creative and inspirational ‘phojo’ back to my own personal vision as a professional photographer.
Others might think the solution is to get out and force yourself to create one photograph per day. To me this is akin to a writer simply typing out random words each day in an effort to break through a dry spell. While this may help to pass the time and distract you until your passion, hopefully, returns, I think it is a good time to step back and remember why it was that you wanted to become a photographer in the first place and what your goals were. Continuing to force yourself to shoot images that neither inspire you or fulfill the direction you want your style to evolve in does nothing to resolve the fact that you need to put yourself on that road that is calling you.
I’m not implying that one needs to pack-up their cameras for any period of time and simply not shoot, but rather to slow down and expand your thoughts beyond what you could shoot today, that likely will leave you feeling the same, and towards a project that inspires you before you even lift a camera. A project does not have to be a monumental body of work but should embody some forethought prior to it’s execution. Photographs with the intention to create images that you have already seen in your ‘mind eye’, to utilize every aspect of your creativity and the execution thereof.
Choose a project or series that you can become passionate about. Don’t choose a subject that doesn’t inspire you simply because you like another photographers work. You like it because that is their passion and they executed it well. Find your own muse in photography and then explore everything that is available to help broaden your own vision and help you expand what you think you know into something that can drive your personal style. The more knowledge you can obtain the better the chances you will be able to achieve what your mind saw already but with a clearer view of what you want to accomplish.
My ‘phojo’ has returned with the sense of adventure that always fired me up to shoot and an understanding of what it was that may have caused it to take the hiatus it did.