1. A sunken track or groove made by the passage of vehicles.
2. A fixed, usually boring routine.
be (stuck) in a rut:
1. to do the same things all the time so that you become bored,
2. or to be in a situation where it is impossible to make progress
I feel like I have been stuck in a rut with photography for the last few months. Not sure why, I have been through this before, I have heard people describe it like writer’s block but it is not like that for me… I just don’t feel like making images. I want to…but when the time comes to actually go out and shoot, I just find my self impossible to motivate. It dosen’t really make sense, I have just moved to a new area, so photographic opportunities abound. There are so many wild areas here to explore. I should have no problems finding a subject and inspiration. I think my work a big part of my problem. I work as a photographer in a photography studio and i find myself shooting the same thing over and over. I shoot maybe 5-6 sessions a week, but out of my 40 hour workweek I spend maybe 5-8 hours actually shooting. I thought when I left the owner-operator business model and started a employee/employer relationship ( with me as an employee) ,that I would be able to live more of the glamorous life of the photographer. What I have found, is that I work *almost* as much as I did as an owner/operator, but I do not have the flexibility that I had. But, I digress, I have gotten off topic, this post is about being in a rut.
So. The most important question is, “how do I get out of a creative rut?”
I don’t know. There, I said it. I admitted it. I have done a little research, and found tips that range from shoot more, shoot less, try new things, narrow your focus in to very a specific genera… You get the idea, no one else really knows or different things work for different people.
I will post updates on this subject as I continue, I am going to try focusing on working a different media as one of my methods to escape this rut. I am going to pick up the film camera, and more specifically large format black and white.
I would love to hear your thoughts and/or experiences.