An after dinner drink & photography writer’s block

I’ve hit a bit of a creative wall. I’m not enthusiastic about the images I’m shooting nor producing at the moment. That moment’s been floating around now for maybe a month. I guess that would make it a month and not a moment. I hastily worked on two different images tonight and couldn’t find that something to carry them through, so I went with an older photo to post.

I put this photo on facebook moments after editing it, and my friend remarked that this is not a dessert but a meal in and of itself. That may be true, but I find Guinness really easy to drink. It might be dark, but it isn’t quite as heavy as those who don’t like it point out. Here’s hoping I find my photo legs again soon.
An after dinner drink
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6 Comments to “An after dinner drink & photography writer’s block”

  1. Before going to uni a friend and i sat down and worked out that a diet of Guiness would be sufficient to sustain us through each semester before returning home to be fed properly. the only drew back was that we would grow stupendous beer bellies very quickly and would not be able to attract members of the opposite sex.

    I love the effect on the bottle but find the back ground distracting. I hope you can break your creative block. May i suggest going out with a prime lens and set it to one aperture and just shot. It has helped me in the past as it makes you approach your subject so differently.

    • Yes, in retrospect this can be digested as “busy” and with good reason. I wanted it to blend together for some reason. Not sure what that reason is now. It’s old.

      I did exactly that with a prime the other day – 50mm. Ended up with a 24-105mm by day’s end. Yeah. Good beer theory. Might’ve worked with appropriate vitamin regimen.

  2. i feel exactly the same, about the photo block
    i wonder how long the cloud will hang around for? 😦

    • A friend of mine in a photo group brought this up the other day. He’s feeling rather similarly. A couple of photographers suggested he switch his mode; if he’s shooting landscapes, he should focus on portraits. If he’s shooting portraits maybe try still life. That’s not a bad idea, but I’m kind of simultaneously doing everything, and with posting once a day it’s a big effort to break it down and pinpoint where to go next.

      It was considered that such lulls usually accompany growth. That is to say a photographer’s critical eye outpaces his/her abilities to shoot from time to time. What a concept! Is it possible that we are, in a sense, our own worst enemies by way of expectations for self improvement? This is quite a positive outlook, albeit a frustrating one. If we need to improve to satisfy ourselves only time and effort will take us where we want to go.

      I’m not sure how I really feel about it, though I take his words and thoughts seriously. There are times with photography that I feel like there’s no such thing as growth – just missteps that can be corrected, stones to learn to overturn. How does that apply to the equation. Am I simply bored with overturning the same stones on a certain day or days? Will I eventually overturn others? When?

      I’d stopped listening to music regularly for a year until January. True. No joke. That may be hard to believe, but I just didn’t want to rehash the same songs I knew, and I didn’t want to be bothered with consuming something new. The other day I watched a clip from a film about Bob Dylan I’d seen many years ago. I’ll link to it at the bottom of this ridiculously long reply. 🙂 In the clip he’s come across a singer by the name of Donovan, who was quite successful in his career. Donovan plays a song – and I once thought Dylan was mocking him saying “that’s a pretty good song, man” almost sarcastically. Then Dylan plays a very metaphorical song that kind of deconstructs the entire scene of the film and seemingly defeats the nice tune Donovan just played. But that’s not the truth. What actually happens is Donovan ASKS Dylan to play that exact song, and Dylan, who was actually appreciative of Donovan’s ditty, satisfies the request. It follows a rather tense moment in the room that nearly breaks up the scene before the music even gets started. It’s a nice moment between artists for the sake of sharing. So, I think maybe the best way to get out of the doldrums is to appreciate others’ work and let it inspire you. Change your habits a bit, yes, but make sure you’re just doing what you enjoy and allow yourself to enjoy in those you respect most.

      Forgot the link! Here it is:

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