It's New Years Resolution time again and beside my first and foremost new years resolution, to do a new years resolution, I realize I need to whip my analog life into shape.
As another year has gone by, we all see things change in our lives. Maybe we stop being in contact with some friends, but just as we gain new ones. Maybe some of us start listening to different music than we used to. Truth is, everything changes. I have personally found that I’ve almost stopped playing music all together and have switched over from “that kid who always has some instrument with him” to “that kid who always has a camera with him”, a change that I’m completely fine with. But over the past year, I’ve seen my photography rise and fall a bit. I’m very scared of what might come and replace my photographic life, so my new years resolution is to do everything I can to not let that happen.
When I first started snapping my analog stills, I was amazed with all of the photos I took. Everything that came out of my film cameras just looked incredible to me. I proudly displayed them on every photos sharing site I know of. I was on the “new to something high”. I was so excited to be taking pictures and all of the pictures I took seemed to be so good. So I started buying new cameras and new films and all sorts of things that would further my photographic entertainment.
But eventually, I’ve gotten used to snapping pictures all the time and it’s no longer new to me. Along with becoming complacent towards my photography, the quality of my photos seemed to go down the drain. I started getting more and more rolls back that I just looked at and said “meh”. Many of my most recent albums I’ve just been utterly disappointed with. I have realized that my photographic high is slowly going away.
And now the question rises: how do I fix this? I’ve noticed that when I fall into patterns, I just seem to see the same things and start to lose interest in taking photos of said things. I see the same people, in the same places, at the same times. Sadly, as much as I love the area that I live, you can only take so many photos of the things immediately around you. When you see the same thing everyday, those things become uninteresting and boring.
So to fix this, my new years resolution is to just get out there and explore. Go to different places that I’ve never been to before. Drive to the middle of nowhere with nothing but some money for food and a camera. My new years resolution is simply to get out of where I am.