Inspiration is the key that unlocks the photographers creativity. A blank canvas can often be difficult to fill without inspirational ideas. Photographers are often faced with this obstacle and at times, need a form of inspiration to fuel their creativity.
A photographers inspiration can come from a variety of sources. Images found in books, periodicals, websites and blogs can all be sources of inspiration for your next photograph. Adding a “twist” on works from other photographers can spark your own creative process.
Often the strongest inspiration can be found from the things we love or hate. Inspiration can come from a mood or feeling weather good or bad. I think these are often the best sources of inspiration. Quite often, if the subject matter is strong to the photographer, there’s a good chance it will also be strong to the viewer. An image that tells a story or elicits an emotion are the building blocks for a creative and successful image. These building blocks form the foundation of the artists creative process.
The image to the right was taken on a rainy day. The kids wanted to play ball outside with the puppy and were waiting for the passing rain shower to stop. I think the ball in the image combined with the title (“Waiting for the Sun”) , tell a story quite well. My inspiration for this photograph was the “moment” itself. It was seeing the image on paper in black and white the moment it happened. I quickly grabbed my camera off the table and fired off a few frames. Although there are a few technical aspects that can be critiqued as always… the overall idea is clear and concise.