Postcards from Real Life: Finding Joy

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.

Love it or change it…

4 thoughts on “Postcards from Real Life: Finding Joy

  1. Your work is great. You got some really nice images this year! I know what you mean, though, never seems to be enough. Now, let’s both get over it and shoot more in 2014!

    1. I did come away with a few I was really happy with this year but when I look back at previous years there was a very obvious disconnect. No worries, I’m getting my groove back.

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