JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.16.21

I’m coming to grips with something.

I’m trying to figure out my motivation again.

My motivation to get out there hustle.

To find photo work, to start projects…to CONTINUE projects.

I don’t know if this is a COVID thing or what. All that time many of us were off from doing certain thing.

For me, it certainly wasn’t my day job. I’ve always been busy there. Even garnered a slight promotion.

But….because of everything, I stopped shooting music/concerts. And I only did a few commissioned work.

Now, none of that where my bread is buttered. It’s my day job, of course.

And that’s fine. I’m not looking to make oodles of money…or even sticks of money…from that other stuff.

Yes, it’s fine and helps me buy a new lens, or get more prints made or whatever.

But I’ve found I haven’t been putting myself out there for new photo work.

I’m turned down some stuff, or didn’t respond in a timely fashion and it went to someone else. Maybe I was busy…maybe I wasn’t.

It’s not that I don’t want to shoot the Sea Hear Now festival, with Pearl Jam as the headliner. Or not that I don’t want to book new portrait work.

I’m just not chasing it. And I’m not sure why.

Even thought my living situation has changed, and perhaps I have extra time to do some of this…I’m still working full time (of course) and coaching two different baseball teams a few nights a week and weekends. And if I’m not coaching a team, I’m walking my boys play on their travel team a few nights a week.

Heck, I’m not even blogging here as much as I should be! I’m losing all my audience, I’m sure (and if you’ve read this, I appreciate it.)

Maybe once the Fall season is over in a few weeks, I’ll try to kick it back into year. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

I don’t know though…anyone else going through stuff like this?

I’m still shooting a lot…heck my Flicker and Instagram will tell you that.

But it’s just that I’m not pushing for the….I don’t know what to call it….significant work…?

Maybe I’m just in a slump, and I need to get myself out of it.

Do the work, show the work….do everything that I came here to do.

I dunno. Anyone else experiencing something like this?


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: OK, I gave Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance a good chance. Nope. I can’t get through the full novel. A DNF (Did Not Finish) for me.

What I Watched This Week: Are You Afraid Of The Dark – Carnival of Doom

This Week’s Podcast Listen: Chase Jarvis talks with Steven Van Zandt on self discovery, activism and rock ‘n roll.

Chats: It’s a long story, but I had the absolute pleasure of a one hour chat with photojournalist Bill Frakes, all because of a Joe DiMaggio story. I may tell it here one day. But the late-afternoon chat with Bill was fantastic. If you don’t know him, check out his website.

Must Watch: Unflinching Grace – The Story of Three Photojournalists

Nature: Wildlife Nature Photographer of the Year

Favorite Photo of the Week: Via Jaime Walter

Food For Thought: If the composition of your 3:2 photos doesn’t crop into a neat square for Instagram, you’re probably doing something right. – Todd Owyoung

“I’m most interested in—the little things that nobody observes, that nobody thinks are of any value.” ~ Ruth Bernhard (October 14, 1905 – December 18, 2006) had a birthday this week. Click the link to find out more about this stellar photographer.

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2 thoughts on “JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.16.21

  1. The last year has worn almost everyone down. The effect of that stress is cumulative. We won’t be over it in a days or week. We’ll just muddle through until something sparks a new excitement and we have rested enough to get up and run again. Meanwhile we keep moving forward, rest and recover when we can, and keep looking for that spark.

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