inspiration

The Struggle of Staying Inspired.

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. 

 

Casey Neistat - My Inspiration

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youtube.com/caseyneistat

Casey Neistat is a filmmaker. Some might say merely a vlogger, but if anyone would give him that little credit then at least credit him with the fact that he has broken a multitude of YouTube records. Yet to me, he has been an inspiration for the last years; where he was definitely one of the reasons that I decided to puruse being a photographer. 

He does what he thinks works. He sticks to his ideas, no matter how mad or inappropriate they seem. Nike wants him to make a commercial, so he boards a plane and goes on a world trip. It works, it truly does, but its not orthodox nor standard. Yet even so, people love his work for just that reason. A $25,000 budget for a promo video for Walter Mitty, got spent on relief in the Philippines, and 20th Century Fox said okay. That is Casey Neistat.

In every university course, everytime I was asked about my idol in general it was always Casey Neistat. The philosophy he has. Yet it was this video, actually a commercial which really made me want to write this post. A commercial yes, but it wasn't an advertisement. It was a message, to everyone like me; young creators who try their hardest to push out the very best content.

He does everything possible, to make and create content. The equipment doesn't matter, they are tools which is what he too always says. He breaks cameras on a continuous basis not for show nor for entertainment value but because he does everything for the shot. People criticise him for that, for being uncareful and "rich" yet it isn't about that. It is about the shot, getting the most possible out of the gear and doing everything to get the to the limit of his industry. It is this philosophy that inspires me so much, the concept that he does everything possible. That is what I strive for, it might not be filmmaking, but it is because of him, Casey Neistat that I believe in it. One really doesn't need to add anything else than this quote from him himself.

"If you are doing what everyone else is doing, you are doing it wrong."