Earlier this week as I sifted through my images from 2013, something struck me. It was disappointment. It wasn’t a soul-crushing-why-do-I-even-bother-trying kind of disappointment, just an acknowledgment that I didn’t give my photography the energy and effort I used to.
When I look at my body of work for 2013, I simply don’t feel like I grew artistically or improved in technique last year. There were definitely good moments, but they were moments that didn’t result in momentum. Much of the time I was on autopilot, rarely taking the time to truly take joy in constructing an image.
In considering the why’s and wherefor’s of my lost photographic mojo, I was worried I didn’t still love the process. But I realized that I do. It was just buried under the stuff of life and had slipped as a priority.
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it. ~Chuck Palahniuk
So in an effort to reignite the creative passion I used to feel with photography, I revisited my 2013 images to find the ones where the magic moments happened. Those are the images that will remind me to nurture the joy.