by Daniel Hofmann
Last week I had to travel to Frankfurt for a seminar about India. When I travel somewhere, of course I expect to come home with some pictures! Normally I would try to capture the city life, but I couldn’t really get into the right mindset. It’s something every photographer deals with once in a while.
I had three choices now: I could put my little Fuji away and call it a day, but that wasn’t an option for me. Nobody improves by doing nothing. My second option was that I could force myself to keep photographing the way I usually photograph. This really helps because sometimes you just have to work through it and at the end you find something new. Still I decided to go for option number three: I decided to chang the subject of my photography. I started shooting buildings and concentrated on lines and shapes around me.
This change helped me to free my mind and enjoy the walk through the city. I believe we all have these moments when we want to work as usual and it just doesn’t work and that makes us sad, angry, nervous or whatever it does to you. We punish ourselves for not being as productive as yesterday or last week and think that our work doesn’t improve anymore. It’s like riding up a mountain with a bicycle. At the beginning it’s easy because you have so much energy, but at some point it gets harder and harder and maybe you have stop to regain some power. Let’s say Frankfurt was such a point for me. I had to make the decision if I wanted to take the easy way back down the mountain or if I wanted to put some renewed energy into it. I changed the gear to and started heading upwards again.
At the end I got totally different images than my usual work. Even though it is not my usual style, I enjoyed my time creating it and that is the whole point, don't you think?