When photographers go beyond copying the achievements of others, or repeating their own accidental successes, they learn that they do not know where in the world they will find pictures.  Nobody does.  Each photograph that works is a revelation to its creator – Robert Adams.

If you have been through a creative lull, a complete lack of ideas, a slump, and no knowledge of when you will start to create again – welcome to my world.

Of course, feeling unwell doesn’t help (I’m half way through a bout of Covid), but I’m sure that the inspiration will return in due course.    The thing you have to remember is that ‘all things will pass’, as George Harrison once said.

One of the traits you have to have as a photographer is perseverance – and the willingness to accept that things will happen to your creative flair from time to time.  At some point though, something will happen that will re-ignite your fire again, and you’ll be off on a new tack or journey.

One image can be all it takes to start you off – after all, dropping into doom and gloom because you can’t think of what to do next won’t help. 

You could of course keep on repeating what you did before – especially if it was successful, and was readily accepted by judges, social media, and friends.  

Repetition though is a lack of creativity all on its own.  On judging a competition some time ago, the same image cropped up at least 5 times.  Same person, same pose, same lighting – the first time you see it, it’s great, unique, different, the second, there’s an air of ‘haven’t I seen this before’? – but by the 5th time, you’re bored with it…. Where was the input from the artist?, where was the creativity, originality and thought process from the photographer(s).

Find a project, and guide yourself through it, the excitement can come from working through problems, watching tutorials, getting ideas, and then applying them to your own work.

Speaking of projects – the book I promised myself is now complete, and I’ve got the first (and probably only) copy.  

I published it on Blurb, and it’s expensive, but it was a project I set myself, and completed – it took a number of years, but the question is – does that matter?  The answer is no, it’s just done…. And that’s it.  I have the pleasure of rereading my blogs, and pearls of wisdom(?) .. It was worth the effort…..


My photography is not truthful. The images I make are the ones that I like, that make me smile, that allow memories, that remind me of friends and family. Why should photography be more ‘real’ than a song on the radio. It is always up to the photographer to decide how factually accurate an image will be.

Someone asked me why I’d picked particular images to go into the book. “They’re my favourites” I said. “We were rather hoping from something more insightful” they said. “Hard luck then” I thought……

“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it”. – Jay Maisel

Author: Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3* - D Seddon Photography

I am a retired freelance photographer, based in Louth, Lincolnshire.

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  1. Well composed as always Diane, I suppose all artist, writers, painters, musicians and us photographers go through a period were we all could say that’s it and throw the towel in, but no we are made of firmer stuff and re-compose and get on with the next project. Never say Die.

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  2. Good afternoon, Diane. I have found over the last few years that the least helpful thing for creativity is entering competitions. Apart from the frustration of encountering judges that cannot see beyond a personal list of rules, this seems to result in a series of unrelated one-off images designed for instant impact and, perhaps, to please others. I think lulls often result at the end of a long term project or achieving a long term goal. I achieved one recently and found myself in need of a break. To get going again, I will do what Susan Brown advised; go out with a camera and shoot everyday with a lens that you don’t use much. Perhaps not in the middle of this mini heat wave though!

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  3. Hi Diane, sorry to hear you’re unwell and getting over Covid, I’m having a health problem just now so appreciate how frustrating life can be.
    What you say in this post is very true, especially the advice about repeating what you’ve done in the past, I’ve tried that and it soon becomes boring + it spoils the enjoyment of the original idea.
    Fortunately, I’m not a creative photography so all I need for inspiration is a new subject. Take care. 😊

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    1. Of course you are creative – as soon as you point the camera, frame it up and take the image – you have been creative. don’t take the definition too literally…. we are ALL creatives, just in different ways. I love your work, you take stuff that I would just walk past and not see…. Sorry to hear you’re not too well either….. take care, and you get well soon too…..

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    2. Of course you are creative – as soon as you point the camera, frame it up and take the image – you have been creative. don’t take the definition too literally…. we are ALL creatives, just in different ways. I love your work, you take stuff that I would just walk past and not see…. Sorry to hear you’re not too well either….. take care, and you get well soon too…..

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