Photographer's Block

I have photographer's block and it began with Instagram.

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In part, it's because I followed some amazing photographers who appeal to my personal sense of aesthetic but do so with an inventiveness and boldness that I don't see a clear path to. The existence is inspiring but the chasm is dispiriting.

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In part, it's because the age of Instagram has brought a perception of photography (the act and its product) as a littering. Cameras and pixels saturate our physical and virtual spaces.

There might be a sense of justification when you're creating something actually new, but there's a self-awareness that my cold, orthogonal compositions don't qualify.

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Instagram obviously isn't to blame. More likely, it's my own tendency to perceive photography as performative. It is, but that perception coupled with a subconscious feeling that performance is for the very talented creates a downward mental pressure against which it's hard to find motivation.

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This mechanical process of filtering the spacial and temporal mess of reality into a balanced two-dimensional stasis is intrinsically enjoyable. Surely that enjoyment should be motivation enough?

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