I’ve been in a bit of a mood lately. I’ve also been in a bit of a creative hiatus.
The only reasons I could think of was that I was just going through a phase, and also that there’s so much bad news about lately. We are plugged into 24 hour news bulletins – it’s there all the time – TV, Radio, Internet, magazines, newspapers etc. I’m bombarded with news everywhere I look – it’s practically inescapable – and this issue of Brexit in the UK is driving many of us to the brink of despair.
I’m pretty sure then that all this bad news can deflate our sensibilities unless we do something positive to combat it.
My ‘recovery’ began a week or two ago, when I started to look at more of the work that is appearing on a Facebook Group called ‘She Clicks’, (www.sheclicks.net) – a group for female photographers. Then I attended a Royal Photographic Society Event in Nottingham, where the speaker was Magnum Photographer Ian Berry.
I conclude that a further aid to my ‘recovery’ is to surround myself with excellence.
I must look at excellent photography, listen to good music, and watch artistic and creative films (for which Netflix has an abundance if you look carefully) – for example, the other day I watched an old black and white film called ‘Laura’. I knew the music, but not the story – and it reminded me of family times in my younger days where we would listen to music together.
Moods change, and with it, creativity changes too. I’m currently looking through some of my photography books, reading about editing, and discovering again things I want to try. the mojo (I’m pleased to say) is slowly coming back.
I actually want to get out now, and take some images, make some art….. it’s been a long time coming, but at least I now have an idea for the cure……
Autumn is here – let’s go catch some colour……