Being bored

Boredom has a bad reputation, it’s generally thought that boredom is dangerous and a disruptive state of mind to be feared and avoided at all costs hence why technology (the internet, the web, computers, smart phones, tablets etc…) that provides us with easy access to perpetual entertainment has been so eagerly embraced by so many people who have to have their smart phones surgically removed from their meaty paws.

Indeed boredom can be a bad thing that can lead to destructive behaviour. But there is evidence that boredom can also be good for us and that boredom at work can make us more creative.

One of my favourite writers, Nick Earls, agrees that boredom is a good thing saying in an interview that it’s important to be bored “because out of boredom comes imagination and creativity”. And Nick is dead right boredom is important. We should allow ourselves to get bored and embrace boredom.

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Quote

“I don’t decide anything, I let the street speak to me. In order for the street to speak to you you’ve got to stay out there and see what it is … you’ve got to stay on the street and let it you tell you what it is. There’s no shortcuts.”

– Bill Cunningham

Why art is important

Photography has come a long way from the early days when the camera was regarded as just a scientific instrument. The history of photography has taught us that photography is indeed an art.

But lately I have been running low on inspiration and have been questioning why I make photos. What is the point of it? Why bother? Is it even important? Is art important? So I did some reading and thinking and I’m happy to say that yes art is indeed important! Art is extremely important and this is why.

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The Long Game

Sometimes it can seem like it would be easier to give up than it would be to carry on doing whatever you do. It’s hard to remember that hard work is worth it and will pay off. If you feel like chucking it all in and calling it a day on your creative pursuit(s) (or any other pursuit(s)) then you need to watch this three part video essay The Long Game from Adam Westbrook, a brilliant video essay about perseverance and not giving up.

Six things I learned about photography from playing games

When I was younger I used to be a ‘gamer’. My favourite game genre was, and still is, First Person Shooters (FPS), think Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem etc… My favourite game was Half Life 2 Deathmatch (HL2DM), and I was pretty good at it too. Quite regularly I would finish a round ranked third or better, if I was having a bad day I’d finish fifth or worse depending how bad my day was. I was so good that I got invited to be in a clan. Then I got a job and work killed my fun. Work 1 me 0.

My time wasn’t wasted playing games. Many of the skills and lessons I learned from playing HL2DM are transferable and applicable to photography. I still use those skills and lessons. Here are six lessons that I learned from FPS gaming that have helped my photography.

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