Wait, isn’t that a Kenny Rogers song? But I digress.
Spring has finally arrived bringing warm air, budding flowers, pollen, insects…can we go back to winter again? But all kidding aside, the one thing Spring has not brought me is new found inspiration. Yes, I’m glad it’s warm enough to go outside without a jacket. Happy that the light right before nightfall is rich and emboldened with gold, purple, orange and even pink hues. Everything is lit with natural light and even the dirty and dingy looks good. So why is that inspiration not there? Why do I feel that the camera is in its proper place resting along side lenses and flashes in their various compartments in the camera bag?
I mean it’s not like I can’t get a decent photo every day, right? Sure I can. But at some point (and I think as photographers we all reach this point) we get bored. We get tired of picking up that camera every day. We long for the days that Photoshop and Lightroom weren’t part of our vocabulary. It just gets old at times.
So today I’m not writing to tell you to shake things up and to try new things. Some of you are already doing that and you’re on the right track. But some of you look at your camera and see a demon. It’s there taunting you, saying “pick me up, use me too much, take crappy pics and get pissed off.” Ignore it. If you’re in a rut, sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away for awhile. Slap the lens cap on the son of a bitch and bury it.
Go read some books, call some old friends, go on a weekend trip, anything. But let that camera be. Let it rest for a bit. Not for long, just for a time. You’ll know when you’re ready to pick it back up. You’re a photographer; you can’t stay away for too long. But you need that break. Go for it. And when you come back, those photos you take may not be better but you’ll appreciate them more. You’ll be recharged, have new ideas and thoughts.
Like Kenny sings, sometimes you gotta know “when to walk away.”