Monday, July 4, 2011

Daily Creativity ~ Mono Monday!

(1/400 sec.@ F/11, ISO 100, 27mm fl, 18-55mm kit zoom, early morning bright light)

It's Mono Monday and I find myself dragging my proverbial feet... what to post, and what to say? I find I'm still in actual work mode this week and am having trouble stepping into "creative mode" from "working photographer mode". Not that I'm complaining, I love that I'm starting to see photography work coming my way. But, as it seems to come in waves, I find less and less time for "me" photography once again. And to be fair, I don't want to just post any ol' shot, or discuss any ol' topic on the blog simply because I have to. I want to post because I have something exciting to share with all of you or something new I've learned.

So here's what's going to happen this week. Even though I will be spending most of my day "in the office" editing, and when I say office I mean my lovely dining room/studio turned workspace 5 days out of seven, I will actually be started my day very early each morning shooting for just an hour. Random locations, random subjects, random weather. But it'll be for the sheer joy of photography. And those shots will go straight to the blog the same morning with perhaps some slight processing but nothing elaborate. It'll be the motivation to enjoy the rest of the day as well, knowing I've made time to be creative just for me. And in turn, my work related photography will be at it's best as well! Just thinking it makes me feel refreshed already...

I am reading a book right now called "The Practice of Contemplative Photography" by Andy Karr and Michael Wood. The entire book is a challenge to leave behind the conventional ways we label things we see through the lens, and to begin to look more creatively at the things around us. I'll be attempting to do just that every morning for one hour in my own neighbourhood. To broaden my perspective of what is subject worthy material. And to give myself the boost I need when working the rest of the day on more methodical projects. Those of you that feel drained when you can't get to your creative outlet in due time know exactly what I'm talking about!

So! Wonder what I'll wander across tomorrow? Stay tuned to find out...


  1. I think I will try this in the evening. I find my mornings very busy, and this may be a good way for me to relax after a long day....

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  4. super.. fantastic blog... willing to see more posts...

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  6. looks like World Biggest Building.....Thanks!