I’m a Seth Godin fan. If you get a chance, read any of his books (Tribesis one of my favorites.) They are usually quite inspiring to me.
He said something recently that gave me an idea.
“The best ideas come out of the corner of our eye, the edge of our consciousness, in a flash. They are the result of misdirection and random collisions, not a grinding corporate onslaught. And yet we waste billions of dollars in time looking for them where they’re not.”
It occurred to me that this could apply to photography as well. Sometimes, when you’re looking to shake it up – to freshen up your photographic view of the world, you may be better off just taking a walk to an unfamiliar place rather than buying new gear or even paying for an expensive workshop. While both gear and workshops have their place, so do walks on the beach, strolls through the park, time spent swimming or biking or hiking and leisurely sit down’s at the street cafe where you can people watch for hours.
By simply letting your creative mind wander, you will probably see something that will ignite a spark – a genesis for a new idea, path or direction.
Then go get your camera and explore it. This is a great way to jumpstart your photography. And yes, this idea came from somewhere totally unexpected. I wasn’t reading a photo magazine or on a photo walk, I was reading Seth Godin’s blog when he reminded me that the best ideas come from random collisions.