I’ve been feeling in a bit of a creative funk in my personal work lately. Taking a photo a day and trying to post a good photo everyday can do that to you. I decided to take a trip to the Ventura County Fair and see if I could re-energize my creativity.
The interesting thing is I’m not sure if it worked. I try to do “street” photography often, but I don’t think I’m that good at it. I need much more work to get good at it. It feels so out of control for me. I like to have more control of my lighting, and composition, and ideas. The idea was to try push myself a bit. I think if you don’t do that occasionally in everything you do, you will not move forward.
No matter what you do, take a day every once in a while and push the edge. Try something new. Make yourself uncomfortable. Try to fail even.
It is in your mistakes that creativity happens. I don’t care what you do, or what you are working on. If you want to be truly creative at it, you must be in a position to make mistakes. You must capitalize on those mistakes. If you are not, then get out there. Make yourself uncomfortable. Fail.
Okay, enough of that. Here are a few photos I took at the fair. Click on them to see them larger. I was not overly successful at the people pictures, I failed there. I think I learned some things though, so it was worth it.