Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.


A few days back I mentioned that I was reading a layman's book about quantum mechanics called "In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality"and that it was mind boggling, fascinating stuff.  Well, of course, in a book like that you can't help but review some classical physics.  And so I re-learned that 'an object at rest tends to stay at rest.......'.  And a corollary of that is that 'an artist at rest tends to stay at rest......".  And that is the problem that I am in right now. Having finished my Carrie Furnace folio, I have, naturally, come to an endpoint.....a rest.  A few days break is natural, I would think.  But now that rest should be up and yet I am having trouble going from being at rest to being in motion.  What comes next, photographically speaking?  That is the tough part. 

It is difficult to dive into a new project not knowing for sure what that project may be and risking failure once a decision is made to move ahead.  And I suspect it will be a project that I have already accumulated some images for, as I have various groupings of photos that I have been thinking about.  But that is also a problem.  When you have just the kernel of an idea and pull up a significant number of images that might start the project off, it is difficult to jump in and start making seemingly final choices.  It seems more difficult than deciding on a subject, taking pictures one by one, and choosing what works along the way.  Of course I am hardly citing a new problem, as this sort of issue has been discussed in a book that is a favorite of mine and one that I think every artist in any medium owes it to themselves to read: Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking.

I am hoping that the mere writing of this gets me moving and willing to take artistic risk.