Today I pulled together my second inspiration file. Its a new file and titled Inspiration 2. Inspiration - the original, was created in January/February of this year. This is my second time in Kat's class.
I hadn't looked at Inspiration 1 for several months and it was an interesting exercise in an of itself. None of the original photos from that file made the cut to move on to Inspiration 2.
So, what does this say?
Well, what it says to me is that I have grown as a photographer since then. My eye has changed but the core things I love were still there only better - thankfully :)
My interests have changed some. I notice in my current file, there are more black and white photos. I have a great interest in trying to shoot in black and white and have recently moved to trying to shoot in RAW.
I spoke of capturing photos that show soul. I thought more on that and all of your lovely comments. Kat noted that when you shoot things that are your passion or that really interest you, or touch you in some way even if quirky - this is where the magic lies. Now, it may only speak to you, as the one capturing the moment. I have certain photos that yes, only a mother would love. But, to me... they speak. To others, well... OK, maybe not or maybe not yet. What I'm hoping for, is that armed with this knowledge that I can shoot more meaningful photos. Like the photo above for example. I LOVE this photo. To me it speaks volumes about the things I love - nature, texture, light and shadow.
For more on soul in photography, there is a Flickr group called SoulScapes that has some really amazing photos that are invitation only. Also, if you are not familiar with Jen Lemen - check out her interview and see how photography can make a difference. If you don't have time to watch the entire video at least watch from the 7 minute mark. The last 1 minute of her video speaks totally of what we are trying to acheive.
Her blog is HERE
What more can I say? I think Jen summed it up pretty well.