September 5 2013 – I wrote this article in January 2010 in Swedish. I’ve tried to translate this into English and I hope you will enjoy the reading.
Many photographers sometimes feel a lack of inspiration, it just fails to appear. It simply runs out and that feeling also affects the self confidence, which makes it even harder to get started.
I believe the inspiration will run out if you allow it, the thought has to precede the emotion; I have no inspiration. No inspiration whatsoever. You start feeling low and the mere thought of going out to create something is hard. You sit down and start questioning it; why am I even doing this, to what use. Who cares about my images. There’s no point in even trying. Why am I photographing. Who am I. Why am I feeling like this. And then we have the excuses… The light is too boring. It’s pretty cold outside. I don’t know where to photograph. I don’t know what to photograph. I have no inspiration. And so on…
One thing is for sure, if you keep telling yourself this, it will fade away. It will languish and eventually it becomes increasingly difficult to recover it. If we manage to recover it… because it’s not lost, it’s actually not as far away as you might think. You just have to tune in the right channel again, find the right frequency. Maybe you will even find new channels you never thought you had.
There’s inspiration everywhere, but if you keep telling yourself that it doesn’t exist, or that it has faded away, it will be difficult getting started, but you should never force it. It’s not a good idea sitting down and trying to tune in channels when you can’t even hear or understand what they’re saying (metaphorically speaking).
You can try to let it come back on its own, but it will not come back instantaneously if you just sit down and wait for it. You have to feel this hunger, you have to do something active; read, look at images, listen to music and maybe even listen to music you usually never listen to. It’s important to release the latch and relax. Then, when you least expect it, there will be a wave of inspiration and that’s where the real work begins. You have to work hard to keep it and develop it. Maybe it even gives you a project, a challenge.
Music inspires me a lot and also movies and reading. I’m inspired by the inspiration. I hold my light up and I feel that I constantly have to express myself, in what I see and what I feel. I want to develop. I keep my inspiration alive in being who I am. I will never stop seeing. I’m unique, you are unique. Everyone is unique. I make my images and you make yours, just photograph and don’t let the inspiration die.