Sunday, September 7, 2014

Don't Wait For Inspiration

This View Never Gets Old - Stallion Springs, California
It is easy to get into a photographic rut. Sometimes you just want to sit and wait until inspiration hits you. Unfortunately, this causes your camera to become dusty.

Imagine you have a bucket that you wish to collect rain water in. Suppose you wait until it actually begins to rain to place the bucket outside. Yes, you'll catch rainwater. But suppose you place the bucket outside no matter the weather. You can then catch the unexpected rain that falls from the sky.

Waiting for inspiration is like waiting for the rain to begin to place your bucket outside. It is better to use your camera even when you are not feeling inspired so that you can catch that unexpected metaphoric rain.
The Sunset - Stallion Springs, California
Thomas Edison said, "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." In other words, don't wait for inspiration to strike your brain--get to work instead. Grab your camera and start photographing!

"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration," Stephen King wrote, "the rest of us just get up and go to work." Work is a part of the processes. Work is what leads to inspiration.

Legendary music critic Ernest Newman said, "The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working." It is in the doing that inspiration comes.
Early Signs of an Early Autumn - Stallion Springs, California
Inspiration will remain elusive if you are not actively using your camera. It is when you are out in the field looking that you'll find what you are hoping for. You will not likely get photographic vision while sitting on your couch. 

Jack London said, "You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club." If you are waiting for inspiration to find you, you might be waiting for a long time. Instead, through work, which is a part of the photographic process, you must aggressively seek inspiration.

Waiting for inspiration is an excuse. You don't really feel like going out with your camera, so you say, "I'm not inspired today." You do something else instead.
White Flower Pedals - Stallion Springs, California
"Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing," said actor Steven Grayhm. Be a photographer, not an excuser.

It is important to grab your camera and photograph, even if you are not inspired whatsoever. You don't have to go far, but you do have to go. Action is required.

All of the photographs in this post were captured recently in or near my home. White Flower Pedals was captured inside of my house and Early Signs of an Early Autumn was captured while standing in my yard. I captured The Sunset across the street from my house and This View Never Gets Old was captured in my neighborhood. I used my cell phone, a Nokia Lumia 1020, for all of them.

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