Inspiration – revisited

“If you are inspired, your creativity flows, you have a deeper connection to what you produce, and your unique vision is revealed,” according to Kat Sloma. She invites us to look at the different aspects of photography and determine which of those are most inspiring to us. 
Exploring a subject with my camera has to be the most inspiring for me, at least at this point and time. I’m talking about purposely taking 50 to 100 images of the same thing, looking at all angles and possibilities, thinking outside the box, avoiding the usual “poses”. Daring to look at it differently. Waiting to see where the heart leads.
I get lost in time when I do this. Whether it is the tree or the train engine, when I’m intentional about seeing the subject in front of me, or the subject I have chosen, I begin to see and understand things about that object that I never noticed before.  
Often I try to hurry as I take photos, but in this exploration I have learned to slow down, take the time to relax, and see what comes.  I have already shared this locomotive image but choose to use it here again for the purpose of this post.  I waited long enough, moved around, and saw that the sunset was reflecting on this magnificent locomotive… and knew I had to get this. It was transformed from a huge old machine to a shining golden emblem of a time gone by. It almost has a science fiction look to it, that now it can race at warp speed. That is what I see in my heart when I look at this.

How is this different from other aspects of photography for me? Comparing this to the intention of taking a photo, and then to seeing a subject, exploring a subject is off the charts, in my mind. Those other two aspects are so automatic for me, and have been since I think I had my first camera. There is just something magical that happens inside me when I purposely explore through the lens. This is similar to that zone we get into when my artist/girl/friends and I gather to paint or collage. When a couple hours have past we finally look at the clock and wonder where the time went.

By the time I was finished and had photographed this image of the locomotive with the sunset reflected on the side, I had become a child at heart once again, in love (so to speak) with the glamor, the power, the adventure, and the story book quality of the old locomotive. I’d like to think that is reflected in this image.

Looking at the different aspects of photography, making notes about each phase and what it holds for me personally has been quite an adventure in itself. The most interesting, surprising thing was to see how it all melds together. The intention to photograph leads to seeing a subject which can lead to exploring that subject if you so choose.  And reviewing the images and editing them all impacts the end result – whether the image is framed and hung on a wall or posted on the web. Understanding the images may be the hardest thing to put into words, but I find that once I do that I’m able to share here with all of you. 

(Posted for my weekly assignment in the Find Your Eye Course)

8 Replies to “Inspiration – revisited”

  1. It is great to see how definite and confident you are in where your inspiration comes from. I can tell from the images and words of that photo shoot of the train images! I love this photo and I love how you describe your feelings at the time of taking it. Truly a great expression of your heart, through the lens. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Such a thoughtful and heartfelt post, Deb. Getting lost in a train engine and seeing it as "a shining golden emblem of a time gone by" is a gift that photography gives us. I also love that suspension of time, when we are truly in the creative moment.

  3. Deb,
    Beautiful writing. You definitely have expressed your love for the exploration process and the connection you feel with your chosen subject.

    You have highlighted a point that I need to remember – to slow down and take the time to really explore all the aspects – to have the patience to really see what is in front of us.

  4. Deborah, I really like what you write here. I can clearly see your changing in being a photographer. I have always loved the exploring part, but with the digital cameras it has also become affordable (just imagine all these photos in prints or slides!) and it's a great learning tool. I also have the feeling that I permanently learn something new, that photography is an entire journey – and such a satisfying one!

  5. Deborah you left a lovely comment on my photography post, so in linking back I went straight to your blog. You have written a very well thought out post. I love the way you think…and your photograph is stunning. Although I live in the southeast, I was raised in the west, and so remember seeing the large locomotive trains…loved western movies where they jumped from train to train…Once we rode the Heber Creeper, open air, so fun. You must have an interest in trains…so powerful, they truly opened up the west.

    I am way behind in class and can't change that much for another week, so it is a treat to visit your blog.
    The best to you as you continue your journey.
    smiles: sharon

  6. I totally love this image and am glad you shared it again…and bigger. You've written so eloquently about this process for you, but I found myself nodding along. I think I'm finding that explore place on a deeper level. I think I've not allowed myself to slow down and that the slowing is happening-and you're right-it's fabulous.

  7. You've put this into words so beautifully, especially about becoming a child at heart again. Today after I finishes photographing, of all things, a glass, I felt that I had engaged in some kind of prayer or connection with that which makes us human – to create.

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