Photographic Mojo MIA

I’ve come to the realisation that my photographic mojo is missing in action.

During the past six to eight months, I have not spent a lot of time in the field.

The notable exception was our huge African trip last October, where wildlife photography — quite a deviation from my usual subject matter — was a massive part of that, and I came away with some extremely pleasing images and life-changing, unforgettable experiences.

Upon our return, I went on on seascaping session with a friend, who has got more into seacaping.  I was not pleased with my images from that morning, and consequently never published them.  I have not shot a seascape since.

For quite a few years, seascape imagery was my bread and butter, as it were.  I’d be out almost weekly or fortnightly, chasing pre-dawn images by the ocean.

We’ve recently returned from Israel, where I shot architectural interiors and the odd landscape.  I landed some images I’ve wanted.

However, since returning, I have not been motivated to shoot at all.

Being on six weeks’ leave, I have had plenty of time and opportunity, but I have elected not to bother heading out.

Right now my headspace is not so much pre-occupied with other matters; it’s just not in gear for photography at all.  Maybe next week I’ll head out for a dusk/twilight cityscape shoot, but it’s telling that I have not bothered to shoot at all.  Usually on my annual leave, I like to get out there at times when the schedules of daily life are not obstacles; but no, not this time.

Let’s hope my mojo returns.  Right now, it’s missing in action.

I’ve had these periods of downtime quite a few times now, and I recognise that I simply have to weather the storm, and wait until I get the itch again.  The most difficult part is not knowing when that desire will return.  It’s not gone; it’s just on holiday for an unspecified period.

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4 thoughts on “Photographic Mojo MIA

  1. Malcolm Katon

    I know exactly how you feel John. I had 3 weeks off over Christmas and did really feel like heading out for any shoots. I shot a few portraits and live music events that I had committed myself to but other than that I didn’t have any interest.

    I went out shooting with a friend a few weekends ago and haven’t even bothered to look at the photos.

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    1. Xenedis Post author

      I’ve been on leave for nearly six weeks, and we’ve had two trips during this time: one to the Snowy Mountains, and one to Israel, where, ironically, we saw more snow!

      My photographic mojo, apart from my exploits on those two trips plus Africa a few months ago, has been more or less absent for a while.

      I just cannot be bothered with it at the moment, despite seeing many images online all the time.

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