Most of us at some point would like to be able to find that next big thing and just about all of us will never achieve this. but rather than casting blame maybe its time to congratulate ourselves? Failure is nothing to be ashamed of but instead the unwillingness to try and experiment should be.
Finding motivation as an artist can be really tough. It can be easy to fall into negative cycles, feeling like you’re not good enough, and not producing work that is as good as you want. It can feel impossible to break out of, but don't give up even if everything you produce at the moment isn’t as good as you’d like.
Landscape photography is, first and foremost I believe, about recognising and conveying the relationship we all share with the Earth. As a landscape photographer, nothing is more important than the locations I choose to visit.
That physicality from actually being there is the vital element to the whole process, and is what differentiates the real thing from something constructed by somebody on their computer. This touches on an issue around which there is extensive debate, about what is and is not a form of photography; in this case, I am talking about composite images.
I love the entire creative process. At the start when I’m taking a shot I try to visualise what it might end up looking like, only more often than not it’s nothing close to the eventual result. I do believe that at the time of capture I know what I would like the image to look like, but there is always an element of the unknown about the creative process that I find intriguing. The most magical thing ……
So I have made it in and out of China unscathed. To be honest, I had little time to think about the trip in the weeks before I left. Work and family had consumed so much of my time that it drove away any thoughts about exploring a foreign country, and so I landed without many preconceptions.
It can be really difficult, daunting even, to get to a point with our photography where we start feeling like we want to try something new. After all, once we find a style and voice that is working for us, willingly putting aside that comfort is kind of counter-intuitive. Why would you invite that kind of potential failure into your art?
At the end of the day though, it doesn’t matter to me if inspiration comes from a song or a sunset. It doesn’t matter if inspiration comes from a different discipline or an artist in the same medium and genre. I believe you should acknowledge your roots and sources of inspirations…..