I think projects like these are important for getting one out of a rut and stimulating the creative juices. But sometimes it can lead to angst and frustration. My Nikon broke at the start of 2018 and a few months later my client abruptly ended my consulting contact (no explanation given) after 5 years. So I was without a camera and I did not want to spend money on a replacement until I was working again. During that time a friend loaned me her father’s Canon EOS 5D Mk III and EF 70-200mm lens.
Previously most of my photography fell into the “wide” range — 12-35mm — with the occasional foray into the 50-200mm. After several months of being restricted to 70-200mm, I am frustrated to the point where I don’t pick up the camera anymore. I know this because my wife commented that I leave the camera at home on every outing.
Being restricted to heavy 70-200mm prevented me from doing landscape photography, it prevented me from doing street photography (a 70-200mm is too conspicuous in the small town suburbs of New Jersey), and the camera + lens was too heavy to go “walkabout”.
I miss my 11-16mm, my 18-55mm, and my 35mm prime!!
Otto, I’m in a photography drought right now. I have a camera. I have a lens. But I just dont’t feel motivated to pick it up and create something. I think part of my apathy is in not liking the combination of lens and camera but mostly I’m just out of the zone. Hopefully, this blog post will have me thinking about other things I can do. Something that leads me back to my creative space.
What you definitely should not do is stop doing something.