I was at a workshop this last Wednesday offered by my local photo club. The workshop presenter was Kathleen Hinkel, a young (from my perspective) commercial photographer based in Vancouver who pays the bills with a variety of commercial work, but whose first love is street photography.

She was excellent as a presenter, her energy and enthusiasm and talent were obvious and her presentation was remarkably medium neutral - based on her words and my look at her website I believe while she now shoots digital, she at least misses shooting film.

What struck me was one of her suggestions. When she heads out either on a specific project, or with the intention of wandering the streets for photo opportunities, she likes to "prime" her energies by first quickly looking through a variety of photo sites or publications which she finds interesting or inspiring.