How To Keep Myself Alive Next Year


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.

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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.

Credits: fivedayforecast

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.

written by fivedayforecast on 2010-12-27


  1. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Keep it fresh, get another camera, and travel a few miles. Try something very mechanical. Maybe find and use a FED2. If it needs fixing/CLA check out

  2. fivedayforecast
    fivedayforecast ·

    Ahh yes I've been looking at some fed cameras. I've still got my trusty Yashica Mat if I want to be real technical though.

  3. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Heh, you are on that roller coaster, re-read your second to last paragraph, you have the beginnings of a great idea in there, Tom Philips an artist did exactly that, so far for over twenty years and counting but the repetition in the same place is the very thing that makes it interesting and challenging. Don't give up and as herbert-4 says "Keep it fresh"

  4. fivedayforecast
    fivedayforecast ·

    Yes the keep it fresh is what keeps things looking beautiful but doesn't present a challenge I agree. I'm not sure how I feel about things sometimes. I feel that If I don't move, I'll stop taking picture all together. So I'll leave the challenge for when I'm here for good! :]

  5. scorpie
    scorpie ·

    It's kind of scary, but at a point where I'm feeling almost exactly the same way, and if I were to write down a new years resolution, this would be it. I've already started a list of places nearby I've never been to (or at least not in a long time) and even tried "getting lost" on purpose once or twice... might work! :)

  6. otherearthly
    otherearthly ·

    I completely understand what you mean. Since I started taking photography a year ago, I've felt the same way a number of times (usually after a particularly harsh critique). The best way is to try and rise from the ashes and try something new. For example, if you usually take pictures of this that you see, try staging a scene, or vice versa. But no matter how you make your images, take pictures of something that triggers an emotional response, and even if it takes you longer to finish a roll, you're guaranteed to get fantastic photos that reenergize you.

  7. disdis
    disdis ·

    Love your resolution as in some many ways, that happens to everybody. Feeling confortable in routine is not easy but once you realise not only you is continously changing you'll find everything looks new again. The same place and the same people also change so why don't see the changes through a camera?

  8. medusapadlock
    medusapadlock ·

    Yes! Another searcher out there. It makes me happy to see someone realize their complacency and CHANGE IT. I'm with you all the way on this one.