I'm reaching that time of year where I feel limited not by time, but of resources and creativity. I can understand the struggle every artist must have with finding motivation on those dreary days where there seems like there is no reason to create.
When I started photography formally, (around 16) it was still on an old Canon point and shoot with something like 10 megapixels and no manual settings. I grew to love the ability to capture pure magical stills. From that, I gained new inspiration working with 35Mm film. I saved up for a digital camera (my beloved D3200) that I finally had been able to take self portraits with, which is what I then had wanted. This year, after four years I have finally been able to get one that I've wanted for a long time.
As many times as I am told that it's not the equipment, props, models etc. I am reminded that with the thing I am driven to shoot being portraits, I am often frustrated that I have to reduce my imagination because I don't have the resources others do. To think that this image was taken years ago on a waterproof point and shoot in my high school pool (that we almost didn't get admission to at that) completely boggles me. I am so proud of this image, and all the learning I've been given through teachers (enthusiastic or not!). I have gained so much community from photography and I thank every single one of you for that. Today I begin my creative journey with fresh eyes, and no longer those of jealousy and longing, but of looking for inspiration in the simplest things.
For those of you who have shot with me, I'll still be carrying my sparkly film and nylon sock everywhere as I move to create what I want, even in the simple images.
Thank you for being patient on my journey here, and for encouraging my work by keeping up. I am grateful all the time for this blessed app(even if it has stupid algorithms etc) because it brings me to people who want to see what I make. I can't thank you for what you've given.