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    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 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    i kind of said it all in the title, but i will say it again ...

    when you are in a rut what do you do (to crawl out of it) ?

    maybe you can give that advice here if you have any?


    Innovate. Or travel (as I am doing now).
    You will eventually regain your mojo. All artists find themselves in a rut occasionally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    All artists find themselves in a rut occasionally.
    Yeah... It's natural, and expected. Creativity requires a lot of effort. Your brain needs to refresh itself, every now and then.

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    i keep shooting... actually, it's the pictures that tell me i'm in a rut, wouldn't know otherwise

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    If you call it digging a whole, I am almost to China by now.
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    I wish I could just walk away for a while but I find that harder than working through a rut - so I just keep going, as disappointing and frustrating as that can sometimes be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    i kind of said it all in the title, but i will say it again ...

    when you are in a rut what do you do (to crawl out of it) ?

    maybe you can give that advice here if you have any?
    Switch formats! Seriously, if you're lugging around an 8x10 all the time, then try medium format or 35mm. Or a Holga.

    The most important thing is to keep working and making stuff. Sometimes we spend too much time thinking and intellectualizing rather than taking action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ParkerSmithPhoto View Post
    Switch formats! Seriously, if you're lugging around an 8x10 all the time, then try medium format or 35mm. Or a Holga.

    The most important thing is to keep working and making stuff. Sometimes we spend too much time thinking and intellectualizing rather than taking action.

    i know what you mean, getting stressed about "stuff" never helps anything ...

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    Usually I do two things.

    First I look at picture books. (never really outgrew that)

    Second I print all those photographs I have been procrastinating on.

    If neither of those work then I pick a project. There are lots of ideas on-line. The latest one has been to walk to a street corner and look all 4 directions trying to find a silhouette photo. It does not have to be good but it does have to fill the frame. Once I find it I can move around as needed to improve the framing or the composition. Then I shoot an entire roll, or at least 4 sheets if I am using a large format camera.

    So far it has worked and I come up with some interesting photo opportunities I would not have found any other way.
    Dan

    The simplest tools can be the hardest to master.

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