Hi all. I'm ashamed to be mentioning this but I really need some helpful advice please...
I've considered myself a decent landscape photographer for many years, the subject has always excited me and I've always been able to pull a good shot out of the bag even when scenery and conditions don't play- ball.
For a year or so now I've found myself photographing less and less. I think the passion's still in there but I tend to be at home kicking myself when a cracking sunset develops, rather than be out in it with the camera. Recently I have managed to get out but found myself wandering about unable to find inspiration and going home later without taking a single shot. I feel like I've lost my inspiration, lost my ability to see and imagine. I do live on a small island so photography can become repetitive, but it never stopped me before.
I wondered if anyone here had been through this before? A total lack of inspiration and if so, how you managed to get through it? I can't believe being such an experienced photographer I'm asking this but it does concern me and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I feel your pain, but there's nothing to be ashamed of. In all long term progress, there's bound to be plateaus, and smaller dips.
Back in the days when I shot film, I could often find and see the beauty in nature when I was out, and I managed to make something out of it too on the film. Nowadays, I have far better gear, but I often lack the ability to "see" and I haste through a scene, telling myself I'll go back some other day and redo it in a better, proper way. For me it's that I've lost the ability to be here, now. Imagination is crippled, and much of the hope I once had is gone. I'm halfway through life, and currently unemployed (2 years without income sucks donkey...), living in a place that is far from as inviting as I hoped it should be.
What I do? I try to do things in a slightly different way. Visit the places, where I shoot, at other times of day. Walking the opposite way to what I usually do, and so on. I try to find inspiration in books that I read (plain novels), music I listen to. I refuse to give in. One day it will come back, and in the mean time I go about shooting birds.
Faith in oneself. Patience, and an ability to forgive that not all shots are 100% perfect.