Tuesday, July 10, 2012
It can be hard working as a photographer because there are shots you need to take, shots you want to take, shots you just have to get, and shots people want you to take. It can be a balancing act of epic proportions, let me tell you. Once you figure out how to work a camera, and people find out you're good at it, everybody wants a piece of you. Sometimes, I just feel like a rag doll, pushed and pulled into many different directions, too many different directions for me to keep up with it all.
Of course, as luck would have it, this is when you usually get one of those "great idea" moments.
It happened to me the other day. I was driving in my car and my favorite song came on the radio. My mind started to drift, the way it always does, and then, BAM! along came the new great idea. It was such a strong idea, I started sketching how the finished images would look-I have some of them already "drawn out" even if they only exist now in my mind. From past experiences, anytime you can actually get an idea that's strong enough to make you "see" it, to make you "draw it out" in your head, that's when you know you have a good idea. This was one of those. So, now I have this great idea and I won't be able to do it right away. It's going to haunt me, to drive me crazy, to eat at me from the insides, to torment me, until I finally get to let it out. Argh! (Dear Great Idea: I know you're great but, man, you're killing me. Please stop! Thank you. Signed, the management.)
I guess I should be thankful I have ideas at all. I mean, some folks, artists even, never get any of those. But, me? My ideas seem to come freely but, somehow, the best ones, the cream of the crop, seem to come along at the very instant I cannot act upon them. The textbook definition of "the most inopportune time" I swear. It's maddening, sometimes, although I guess I have learned to cope (over the years and all.)
On a more positive note, one of the "rag doll" items in my queue involves some studio work. You do remember the studio, don't you? It's that place I'm supposed to work? Oh, right! There. Sure, I'd never forget *that* joint.
Been traveling and shooting on location so much lately, why, I'd have to say at this point, "Studio, I hardly know ya!" (Meh. At least I know where to get some good herbal tea there.)
Until next time...