It’s been nearly a month stuck inside and my motivation to shoot has faded fast. Even before the world went into lock down, I spent the majority of my time in my house anyway so I have an abundance of images I’ve made in and around my home.
Sometimes, I look around my home and think, “That light is pretty, but I have ten pictures of that exact same thing.” As a result, I leave my camera on the shelf and let the light pass me by, opting instead to leave my home and make a photo somewhere else.
So, what do you do when leaving isn’t an option? How do you maintain motivation within the four walls of your home? I wish I had an answer for that, but to be honest, I’m not feeling very motivated. I’m working hard to force myself to make that 11th photo.
Even as I sit and type this, I can’t help but think it would be foolish to hit “publish.” What value does this post have in the large scheme of things? What value does it add to someone’s life? What value does it add to my life?
But perhaps the value lies in the honesty of the moment. In the willingness to admit that I’m not doing very well today. In the camaraderie that comes from opening ourselves up to vulnerability and real connection. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and say, “Here I am.”
Here I am.