Do you get bored easily? What keeps you motivated?
At least once a year I get bored. At least once. I’m bored with my photography, my approach, and my philosophy. That’s usually a cue that I need to start a new personal project.
Street shooting has done my heart a lot of good for the past two years. When I get bored or depressed with my work, I grab a camera and hit the streets looking for light, characters, and adventure.
My clients help me out a lot too. I’ll feel like I’m in a slump and I’ll do a job and they’ll love it. Really? You sure about that? They call me for more work. They send me special assignments. I don’t twitter this. I don’t flaunt it. But yeah, my clients are awesome and their feedback keeps me motivated.
Being heavily connected to the photo world through social media and my blog helps me too in that I know I’m not alone in my dark days. I get to hang out at the photography water cooler and chat with all of my peers. It’s quite cathartic.
Then someone, at least once a year, posts some stupid ass “system” or “revolution” that gets our blood boiling and nothing like a good old fashion eWitch Hunt to motivate me to add more signal to the world then the stupid noise that comes through.
So yes. I get bored. I will say that each year my thrashing and lashing about is less dramatic. I’ve learned that growth takes time so I’ve become a lot more patient in the past few years. When I get bored, I slow down and think a bit more instead of standing on the ledges of high buildings.