My good friend Ramón and I spent the first hours of the morning talking while we ate a taco at a nearby Stripes, which is a convenient store. He encouraged me to “unlock the human potential that we all possess,”those were his words. I told him that every time I come back home from my travels, my creative side shuts down. I have plenty of ideas, but for some reason, I don’t think I deserve the help from others to be able to bring them to life. Hopefully this will change soon. Another reason for which I admit that my creative side shuts down is when I stop feeling inspired to make pictures.
Picture taken by my friend Ramón outside of Stripes
My biggest struggle in the creative aspect of my life is to create while I am back home. There is a “shut down” button in my mind that gets activated as soon as I cross the border, just like the “on and off” button in my camera. I understand that there is beauty everywhere, but I just find it very hard to see where I live. As a creative, it is very stressful to want to create without having anything that inspires you. Unlike any other time, when I came back from my one-month long vacation from México this summer, I decided that I needed to really challenge myself and keep creating art while I was at home.
The type of photography that I enjoy the most is street and documentary photography. I love photographing people! So I photograph people and places that I find interesting because of their textures or age. In the area where I live, it is rare to see people walking on the streets. Perhaps now you can understand my frustration. Anyhow, I decided to find things to photograph other than the astonishing, ever-changing landscapes in the skies where I live. A photographer that always has very insightful tips to become a better photographer/human being is Eric Kim. I read one of his blog posts where he talks about exactly what I go through, just like many other photographers. Nonetheless, he has played a major roll in the decisions that I am making in my life. In this blog post he talks about how there are plenty of things to photograph in our city. If you go through the same situation that I go trough, I strongly recommend you to read it.
“…street photography is just another genre and concept that can be more restrictive than liberating. If we let ourselves be trapped and enslaved by definitions, you close opportunities to shooting other stuff.” – Eric Kim
Like never before, I spent most of this day thinking about my photography and my creative side that should be challenged. My friend Ramón, who is also a photographer, encouraged me to look around me and capture the beauty in everyday life. I had already been doing it but not as often, or at least not with that purpose in mind. In the afternoon, I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood, it was cold and drizzling, and in my hand, just my iPhone 6s. Surprisingly, I was able to find interesting things to photograph, at least to me. All the images were processed using the app VSCOcam.
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