We all buy a DSLR for one of the following reasons:
- We think our creative juices are overflowing like a boundless river and we don’t want it to waste out into the sea of nothingness, so we think of building a check dam to channelize and irrigate our creativity further. A DSLR is due.
- Sometimes, we are struck by a bolt of inspiration. We see a photograph of a beautiful naked woman and think, whoa, what a bastard! (the photographer, of course) If I can become a photographer, I can also…. (I know what you are thinking, but I don’t mean that) take such beautiful, artistic photos!
- Sometimes it’s just social pressure. We look around us and see that every Tom, Dick, and Harry has a DSLR and we want to prove we are no lesser Dick.
- Sometimes, we feel we have a lot of cash to be burned and think, let me buy a camera, for the heck of it – yeah!
- We think we have been so good with a mobile camera so a DSLR is going to transform us into a world-class photographer. Besides, we are also impressed by that long rocket launcher of a lens our neighbor has.
- We think we can impress the new girlfriend with a big camera.
Then we realize:
- That creativity juices are only seasonal.
- That the bolt of inspiration is only momentary. We are never going to be like that bastard!
- That Tom, Dick and Harry have already moved on to something else. iPhone 6S is the new craze and we want to prove that we are no lesser Dick.
- That we have some more money to throw away and have a lot of space left in the cupboard for new gadgets. To hell with the old ones.
- That the DSLR isn’t automatically converting our average shots into magical photographs like Instagram does in our mobiles. And that photography isn’t only about lenses.
- That a new DSLR can keep us thrilled only as much time as the new girlfriend can – a month!
So we allow the DSLR to catch dust in the shelf.
I have also been suffering from creativity drain for the past couple of months despite constantly getting opportunities to use my camera. But then, even the most prolific photographers face downturns.
A few weeks back, when I was in my hometown for Christmas vacation, I was stuck indoors due to incessant rain. I was forced to look ‘inwards’ for inspiration, and I found my long-dead grandmother’s collection of China clay tea set among many other ceramic items which are more than half a century old. The China clay did the trick.
My creative juices are flowing again. You can see the result here – not bad uh?
The message is if you are someone who’s looking for a bolt of inspiration to make you dust off your camera and start again, maybe you can start from your kitchen.