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Mamiya C330 Goes Blind

Not to diss the past shoots that I have been either invited to or have come up with, but I have been feeling a little drained in the creative department. That said, I am not saying that I have not been putting full effort when it comes to shooting my subjects, just that as a photographer.. what should we be doing when it comes to creative blocks? 

Model: Mykayla Mckenzie

Camera: Mamiya C330

Film: HP5+ 

Model: Mykayla Mckenzie

Camera: Mamiya C330

Film: HP5+ 

My solution to the problem above is to keep shooting. Although that is what I have been doing, I have recently read that one is to do the opposite. Take time to recharge and refuel one's creative juices. Either way, I find it hard to just break from photography and allow myself to relax. For instance, this shoot... although not really thought out... turned out to come together once I started shooting. Which calls to question the whole idea of letting one's mind to recharge. 

Model: Mykayla Mckenzie

Camera: Mamiya C330

Film: HP5+ 

Model: Mykayla Mckenzie

Camera: Mamiya C330

Film: HP5+ 

Don't get me wrong.. I do believe there are times when we as photographers should take the time to put down our cameras and take a "me" break..but personally.. I find this hard to do. The only times I have made an exception to this rule is if I started to notice that I was becoming physically drained. Wanting to shoot even though I felt lost in the creative department.. I decided to embrace this feeling and shoot my subject as if she were blind. Somewhat as a physical representation to my own creative state. 

Model: Mykayla Mckenzie

Cameras used: Sony A7 

Lens: Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 Z

Model: Mykayla Mckenzie

Cameras used: Sony A7 

Lens: Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 Z

In the end, I came out feeling recharged... yes, recharged I say. It almost felt like back in the day when I used to run daily.... tired and exhausted... you would out of no where be hit with that second wind and before you knew it were running faster then when you first started.  So once again I ask... what should we do as photographers when we are feeling down in the dumps when it comes to creativity? Well I leave that for you to decide. All I know is that the passion to shoot is greater then that of my own creative will.. and if I have to fall a few times while I am running on this creative race then so be it! But one thing is for sure... in the end... I will find myself looking back and embracing every shoot that I have done...because for me.. these ups and downs are only part of my creative journey and a reflection of where I have come. 

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