On Monday, I captured a moment of motivation and grabbed my camera bag on the way out the door to walk the dogs. Along the way, I thought about reasons why I haven't been creating images much lately. A laundry list of excuses filled my mind: I got married, I am working a lot harder, I'm trying to write a book (not about photography), I'm trying to learn French, I'm just a lazy guy...
What a horribly mediocre way to live; running around with a head full of excuses. So I spent some time thinking about when I was my most creative with photography. If I could just put myself back in that place, capture that creative mindset again, I might do some interesting work.
All of this internal dialog took place within a span of two blocks. And there I found myself...thinking the unthinkable. I am going to restart my PAD project on Pbase. WHAT!? Yep. The point at which I was most creative was the point where I was taking my camera out of the bag every day. I was always looking for photographs, thinking about photographs, or reading about photographs. Most importantly, I was constantly making photographs.
So I started my PAD on Monday. I have given myself a little wiggle room to not necessarily post a photo everyday, but I am thinking seriously about tightening that up. I will post another photo tonight. A photo I have not taken yet, or even thought about.
Just for fun, I went back and compared my very first PAD photo from March of 2005 to the one I created Monday (more than two years later). And I thought "hmmm, I don't suck at this."
PAD, March 1, 2005 (a bit embarrassing, but this is where is started)
PAD, July 23, 2007