There are seven photographers in the The Photo Game that began in mid-November. Here is my submissions for the latest prompt: The Automobile, The Horseless Carriage, The Car.
Projects and assignments make me inspired and I become very prolific. These four photographs were completed a couple of days after the assignment dropped on Saturday 11/20/21. I was inspired by the well-known commercial and art photographer Duane Michals to create stories for my photos, so on three of them, I have added stories to them. See Mr. Michals’ Masterclass video to learn more about him.
What do you do to get motivated to make photographs? For me, there’s no way to satisfy my insatiable need to create. Having completed these today, all I want to do is go out and make the next one. I suppose that’s what passion is, or perhaps lunacy. Never settling for what you have, and wanting more and needing to make the next one, to constantly create.
When I’m not photographing, I’m writing posts like this one. This is also a very creative outlet for me and gives me a place to show my work, to discuss what’s on my mind photographically at the moment. I often sit down to write–it’s quite regular in fact–with no idea what I’m going to write about. But because I’m prolific and have new work constantly being made, that work often inspires something else to say, something to write about.
It’s easier to sit up watching TV. It’s super easy to get involved with sports. It’s way simpler to let Netflix fill our nights, right up ’til bedtime. But none of those are satisfying for me like loading the film holder for my 5×7 camera or planning another photo shoot, developing film or printing or scanning a negative and finishing a photograph. None of those satisfy my craving to create.
You might call it a passion. You might call it a curse.
We each get to decide which it is for us.
And then act accordingly.