If you read my last post you will be well aware that I am suffering from a bit of a creative block. Looking for inspiration in a busy life can be tough and usually personal pursuits such as hobbyist photography take the back seat when the family needs me. In my previous blog, I talked about taking a deep dive through my photo archives from previous experiences and opportunities to see if there was anything worth a second look. As it turns out there was. My first search was through my photos of my 2015 trip to Tokyo.
Then I took a look through my photos from my 2016 trip to Japan. On this trip I visited Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. On that occasion I took just short of 7,000 images. Mostly street photography but also lots of lovely scenery, architecture and historical sites. I imagine that most photographers would take lots of images and only pick out the best. I am exactly the same. Photographers have different ratios of 1 usable image to 24 unusable images – things like that. Some days I will go out on a shoot and have a fantastic ration of usable images. Other days I will go out and when I get back I will hate every single photo I have taken.
That’s where I am at the moment. I just don’t like anything I am shooting at present. Hence my digging through the old stuff to find something I can work with. I did not find as many usable images this time around. Perhaps if I were to come back to them in a number of years from now I will have a different perspective on what is worth using and what is not.
I think like most of us in the creative arts, we tend to be our own worst critics. Especially in a visual pursuit such as photography. Sometimes I look over my photos from 2-3 years ago and can’t believe I thought I had any talent.