When I got my Leica, I had a rush of inspiration and adrenaline urging me to go out and take the best shots I had ever taken, especially street photography. When I went to New York City the same urge came over me, shoot what I can, capture every moment, be brave and get the best out of every shot.
Then I came back to Berlin; I have lived here permanently for over a year, I have been here weekly for the previous 5. Every day, the same streets, the same areas, the same camera and roundabout the same type of people. Do I find it boring?
No, but I don’t find it inspiring either. For months now I haven’t been pleased with my street shots, feeling like I wasn’t capturing anything particularly interesting since the snow left. So, when a few days ago came around the corner, I was thrilled. I had energy and was back out on the hunt. Searching for that shot, out to capture something that we all see day in day out but never take much notice of. I wanted to create again, and it was great.
Being inspired and finding a continuous source of inspiration is hard, I struggle with it all the time; however not always does it return and it can easily turn into a depressing spiral where one isn’t able to get the shots that one hopes for.
Go to a new area – travelling, even if just to another district is the most inspiring thing possible, with new impressions and visuals from all sides.
Use different equipment – rather than digital, shoot analogue for a while, mix it up a bit a prime lens rather than a zoom lens. These changes are what makes one look at the world newly, adding so much inspiration.
Just get out – there’s nothing more draining than just spending a day in and out of my apartment. Get out, go for a walk, have a coffee, shoot some hoops.
Carry a camera with you 24/7 - Even when inspiration lacks, having a camera on you every moment of every day makes you pay attention to your surroundings more than ever; making you see things that beforehand you never had noticed.
Continuing to be inspired is that every human working in a creative industry will struggle with, and facing their difficulties the question is whether or not one can get back out of it; and return onto the right track. This really can be hard, trust me; yet without floods of inspiration, it will be hard for any of us to continue in our field which is simultaneously our passion.