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Still Life and Motivation

I’ve hit a little dip in my creativity lately, not for a lack of desire, but just simply having too much going on that’s affecting me. When I have a lot of of health issues happening at once I tend to get depressed, which understandably affects my motivation to do anything else.

It’s strange because as I have said many times before, photography has been a huge outlet for my anxiety as well as a great distraction from my health issues. However, when they start to pile up, I become somewhat paralyzed. I can’t do anything until some of the things in my pile are finished.

Normally, I share a lot of the personal things going on in my life if I think it will help readers relate, but I haven’t felt that way recently. I will share though that I did injure my neck. I’m assuming it’s from carrying a camera all the time, but the herniated disc in my neck has become flared and is pressing on a nerve that has caused me almost non stop pain for months now in my shoulder and arm. I’ve finally gotten the help I need and it’s finally starting to get better, but this is one of the main reasons I haven’t been here much. Hopefully very soon I can get back to what I was doing again.

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Still Life and Motivation

In the meantime, I have been trying to get back into shooting still life photos. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know that it was something I did quite often. When we moved to our new house I didn’t have my setup anymore, but now I have found a little corner of our home to start again. I’ve been exploring the natural light coming from different windows as well as trying to get the hang of using a strobe light I got for Christmas.

Rolleiflex Automat and Ilford Delta 3200 at 1600
Rolleiflex Automat and Ilford Delta 3200 at 1600

Little by little my motivation has been coming back as my pile of worries slowly goes down. My mind is always overflowing with ideas and things I want to share with you all, its just a matter of getting it out properly. Stay tuned, little by little they will be shared.

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3 thoughts on “Still Life and Motivation

  1. Things do get overwhelming at times, for sure! Keep on keeping on, as they say. One thing that always helps me is to remind myself that nothing lasts forever – good or bad, etc. Action helps, too, even selected and limited. Hope it all gets better soon. And, given the theme of your post here, I found you photo of the books against the rainy window especially touching, but even if I didn’t know how you are feeling, I still would like it a lot. The same with the three flowers across the fabric. You made my day brighter!

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