Fellow blogger Yuri reminded me in his friendly and positive last post that it was time to start looking back on 2020 and try to see a silver lining in this big scribble of a year. As I was reading and checking the links he shared to other blogs he’s been following, I started to recollect my favourite inspirations sources. I’m a little jealous of all of you who managed to stay stimulated during this challenging year, producing clever photo challenges, imaginative stories and interesting photos. I’m also thinking of another blogger who unfortunately is far too discrete and scarce since this summer – yes Alex , I’m talking about you!!
I don’t really know what makes me more frustrated in this creative process : is it the fact my new rural environment is too bland and flat for me, or it is my photographer’s vision which has already experienced every angles and perspectives? Sincerely, I’ve felt limited.
I don’t edit much. I don’t have any fancy software or cool app. I play with the basic light/contrast buttons, and that’s it. My digital camera is an old Olympus SP550UZ which is loosing the plot most of the time! My actual phone is a cheap Huawei. Welcome to the land of sub-zero technology crafted photos!
Before these actual tools, I used to have an iPhone 4S, a challenging courtesy HP phone, and much adored LG phone which got stolen. Needless to say, these is not a proper photographer gear which could lead to professional looking shots.
But I’ve loved playing with cheap mobile phones and my pathetic looking camera whose protective rubber had been chewed by our dog years ago! It’s craftsmanship! It’s a game with no rules. It’s pure fun.
But I’ve lost my mojo, as well as the will, and the like. This year, I posted “only” 137 on Instagram which for me indicates a poorly stimulated sense of inspiration. Insta is not the playground it used to be and it will never be the passionate community Flickr was. But still… It’s my mood board. My illustrated wordless diary. And it seems, not only was I lost for words, but I was also lost for images…
On this collage, we have sunsets and one gorgeous local sunrise, 2 shots from Menton, NYC in February, and then lockdown pieces. Anything which happened before March feels like it belongs to another life. I wish nothing more than experience the pleasure of playing with the elements surrounding me like I used to…
So here is to 2021! May it be filled with a new scenery, new skies, new suns, new lights… May my eyes be dazzled by unexpected images… May I be amazed or surprised…
“The creative adult is the child who survived.” Maybe that’s what happened to me, stuck in my blurry aquarium with my copper diving helmet on. The adult in me has been allocated too much space!! And hopefully it will soon be easier to turn insignificant ordinary moments into special sparkly ones.
Rainbows and fireworks to you all my creative virtual friends!