Is Procrastination The Thief Of Time?

Is Procrastination The Thief Of Time?

Is it procrastination when life takes hold?

  • Work
  • Family
  • Illness
  • Technical issues
  • Lack of inspiration
  • The blues
  • Power cuts
  • Shots not working how they should
  • Travel

More of a conspiracy than procrastination. What I have found since I started photography 4 years ago is that my creativity is not a natural thing, and that I do find it hard to be spontaneously creative. I lack that gift. My creativity and drive comes in spurts and hobbles along. My studies are a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, some days they fit together to work well and some days (more than I would like) they don’t.

I am envious of the:

  • Better organised student
  • Those who are better equipped (mentally)
  • The naturally creative

EVY is challenging, and I enjoy being challenged. I will get there in the end, but it will take me a lot longer than I envisioned. My tutor is great and so are all the fellow students I have met at study days or interacted with online. There will be many other students out there like me, which is reassuring that I am not alone. We will support one another and all get through.

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All Quiet because not well… boo hoo!

Not well at the moment. Some form of viral fatigue, not doing my study’s or work much good.

A lot of sleep and dreams but can’t remember them. If they ever market a dream recorder I am going to be first in the queue.

Trying to use this time to think and plan, but thoughts so muddled and waves of fatigue really laying me low.

Also making me miss a day of a City Lit course I am doing on Friday evenings.

I hope I can clear this by the end of the weekend.

2016 hmmm…

What can I say about 2016…. there were highs and lows… generally a good year, very busy work wise (as always)…. I started my degree studies with EYV…  attended my 3rd London Photo 24, and I was lucky to have won one of the main theme categories which was amazing… we had a smashing summer holiday in Minehead with our caravan…soon after holiday I was hospitalised and nearly died after contracting Sepsis from a urinary tract infection…. I attended the Brighton Photo Biennial and was privileged to meet many other OCA students. Had an interesting weekend, but the weather was foul… after this I kinda lost my MoJo in a big way, and have been trying to reignite my creative spirit since but with no luck. I had become very uninspired by my own images and overwhelmed by everyone else’s work (artists and fellow students alike)…. however I am determined to recover my confidence in 2017 🙂

Shadow of The Black Dog!

Oh what a rut I am in! Plenty of reading but almost complete lack of camera activity.

Work is very stressful at the moment, which isn’t helping with regard to the stress I am feeling towards my studies. I find that am fearful of my camera, how can that be so? I love my photography, but hate my apparent lack of creativity.

I am reading, visiting exhibitions and have enjoyed my first OCA study visit. A small consolation is that others I have chatted to have found themselves in the same boat as me. I am hoping that this coming weekends study visit to the Brighton Photo Biennial will shake of the’Black Dog‘ that currently haunts me and help re-energise my creative impulse.

(I had A black dog, his name was depression, 2013)

I have the rest of next week off and want to be able to use it constructively and not waste it with negative energy. I am determined to make some progress with this course. I have wanted to do it for so long and was so pleased to eventually be able to book it.

I have a huge amount of respect with any other people who suffer in this way.

Reference:

I had A black dog, his name was depression (2013) Available at: http://www.wimp.com/i-had-a-black-dog-his-name-was-depression/ (Accessed: 11 October 2016).

 

Lifesaver

Ask me who went on holiday with camera, associated lenses and tripod, then realised that the tripod quick release plate was back at home on his other camera…….what a wally…..never a truer word was spoken!

However technology and modern living to the rescue….ta da!

A quick search on iPad to find that the quick release plate was available on Amazon…bingo. Also available for next day delivery to Amazon locker at holiday site…awesome.

Thanks Amazon…a real lifesaver.

P.S. I had been meaning to get a second quick release plate……honest!

Wonderful bit of news

This week I received a wonderful bit of news. Back in June I took part in my 3rd Photo 24 in London, organised by Photography News and Nikon School. On Thurday afternoon I got a email telling me that my image “Millennium Reflection 3” was judged to be the winner of the Photo 24 2016 “Capital Reflections” Theme catagory.

Millennium Reflection 3

Millennium Reflection 3

To say I am pleased is an understatement, as I was against over 460 other great images. My image should appear in Photography News and I also get a Nikon Coolpix P900 superzoom bridge camera.

Photo 24 is a great and challenging event which I highly recomend anyone to enter the ballot when it is anounced next year.

The speed-bump of frustration!

Getting somewhat frustrated with work and in particular the weather interrupting and preventing me from being  able to get out to take my images for the “Square Mile” assignment. So I have made a  decision today to progress into the Part 1 exercises as I need to have a sense that I am achieving something and not wasting my time.

I am continuing looking for influence and inspiration online for this project and I have had some luck in finding some lovely documentary projects at the Amber Online website. I know in my head what I want to photograph it is just being able to get out and find it.

I live on what some people would consider the edge of the green belt. The Hart District has been vote the best area to live in the UK 5 years running. It is generally a well kept area and has no swathes of derelict buildings or much in the way of visible social issues (other than the occasional reports of vandalism, theft or anti-social behaviour).

I have been following local police and council incident reporting for several weeks to see if anything happening might be of interest or unusual, somewhat like Weegee listening in on the police radio transmissions. However most of the reported incidents (are for the most part viewed as an outsider) could be considered as trivial, such as; potholes, cracks in the pavement, overgrown hedges, fly tipping etc. Though I am in no way saying that the incidents are considered trivial to the people who are reporting them. Therefore I am on the lookout something different like: the distressed, the damaged, the unwanted and the out of place.