We can all agree that it’s very difficult to define inspiration, as it’s a very personal process that’s tailored to your precise creative measurements. But if you are in a tight spot, inspiration-wise or really need somebody to take you by the hand and show you around, then read on.
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club” Jack London
Jack London couldn’t have said it better. So, if you need inspiration… get on the bus! Where? Anywhere.
Yes, it might as well be all ‘public transportation’, but the truth is buses have a je ne sais quoi quality that keeps you in contact (literally) with people, while taking you through surprising neighbourhoods.
It can be done in fast-forward or slow motion, depending on where you’re taking the bus from/to. Keep all your senses alive. Try to absorb as much as possible from the world around you. You could liken this experience to living in a surreal mesh-up of TV news, soap operas, documentaries and feature films. The less familiar the route, the better.
Switch off your mobile devices, relax, and focus on those things that usually slip your mind during a busy daily routine; like the top windows of buildings, the creaking pub signages, or the old gentleman searching for his ticket.
Take notes and of course, don’t forget your camera.
“Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it” Bob Dylan
Getting inspired doesn’t have to be an elusive feat that can only be achieved through mulling on the same thought for hours!
Just get out there and walk! Yes, it’s that simple! If something catches your eye, go back and explore it on foot. You’ll be amazed at the incredible details and stories that streets, alleys and parks have been hiding all this while. It pays to go off the beaten track!
Keep chasing the light; the sunset, sunrise, and everything in between. And do not underestimate the power of a good photo exhibition. Exploring the photos that made it onto this showcase, won awards and stood the passage of time, can give you invaluable tips that could rival the experience of meeting your photography idols. Try to imagine how they came across these fascinating subjects and immortalize them.
Thomas Edison was right when he said that “genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to take this quote to heart.
On the other hand, if it’s not for your own portfolio, you can always find the photos you want with just a click of your mouse. 123RF.com is a great place to start. This site features a royalty-free digital media library with a wide variety of high-quality images, video footages, audio clips, logo designs and illustrations that won’t bust your bank account. Ranking as one of the highest traffic microstock sites in the world, 123RF.com provides the ideal source for inspiring stock photos.