I mate with a doe. Oh wait, you said in A rut, my bad just ignore me.
“What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.”ť
My escape is to exercise both the body and the mind. The first is usually done via walking/biking and the second by reading. Anything, but most often fiction. The combination of both of these things get's me out of any rut, whether its in the form of 'photographer's block' or just plain old stress.
"The real work was thinking, just thinking." - Charles Chaplin
If I'm in a rut I use a tow truck! But really I do other things for a while.
Shoot an event and enjoy the people.
Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR
"We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Anaďs Nin
Lay low – so you don't get run over.
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John, you aren’t in a rut, you are just resting between ideas.
“The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”
When I am in a rut, I look at John Nanian's photography for inspiration.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
I just cleaned my camera the last time. Kinda worked for a bit.
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Keep relaxed and enjoy the downtime.
thanks for these suggestions so far, and kind words ( and pm's )
for the record .. im not in a rut, but i thought it would be a nice thread
just in case someone IS in a rut
thankfully i am distracted enough in life to not be in too much of a rut ...
and if / when i am in one, i don't usually worry about it and i keep doing
whatever it is i am doing ...
luckily i have 30 things going on at once both photographically and non,
so if i am bored, i can always paint a room, fix something that might need fixing,
cook a meal ( or 5 ) roast some coffee, have some espresso, brew some beer,
make some bread, build a camera, help someone ( with a project, with homework &c )
make something, go for a jog/bike ride or go to someplace i don't go to often ( or someplace i go to all the time ) ,
look for work, meander, observe "stuff", work on a handful of long term projects (or start another)
work on a hand-stitched book, infect my kids with photography, stare at clouds, stars or other people's photographs, people-watch, tinker
... i also have a backlog of maybe 14 years of negatives i could probably print ...