I made a deal with myself to journal about every photo shoot I do this year. Recently that idea expanded into an art journal/scrapbook/show my process kind of book, which I’m really excited about taking on and sharing. I haven’t been very good about giving myself some “arts and crafts” time lately, and as that was a huge part of my life growing up, I’m excited to get my hands dirty again. I want to keep record of my thoughts from each shoot; the set up, the references, posing, ideas, lighting etc.. I want to look back years from now and know exactly what I was thinking.
I’m having so much fun with this, I may even go back and do some of last year’s shoots. Here is one from my recent shoot with the Vancouver band, Wolfborne. They have been working with renowned music producer, GGGarth at Fader Mountain Sound and we ended up shooting right inside the loading bay doors of the studio (film crew documenting and all!)
Self Portrait: www.leighrighton.com
This morning I posted the following on my Facebook page and then went off to test out my ideas right after:
In the past I have felt tied down to the work that keeps me at my computer, but today it occurred to me that my real job is to act whenever possible when inspiration hits. I am in a very fortunate position being my own boss, but in the hustle of running my photography business I seem to have lost sight of the importance of these moments of creativity. They are an integral part of keeping my work fresh and my creative mind exercised and satisfied.
I know that part of the reason I can get lazy when I come up with new concepts, is because often times my first attempt is more challenging then I anticipate, or it just simply doesn’t work. It’s easy to say that the joy and excitement of experimentation is not knowing how it will turn out, but truthfully it’s easy to get discouraged when an idea that fills you with exhilaration doesn’t turn out nearly as well as you had envisioned. I’ve decided that I will no longer be disappointed when this happens, that I will focus on the stimulation of trying something new, whether the result is brilliant or whether it just plain ol’ sucks. Since today’s idea resulted in the latter, I’m happy to find I genuinely feel grateful that I allowed myself the time to test and fail. I know that if I keep trying new things and push myself through the crap ideas, I’ll eventually get to some good ones.
Vancouver – I will be exhibiting some of my fine art photography at SPREAD on June 3rd, 2011. If you didn’t have a chance to come out to my shows in November or December this is a good chance to check out and/or pick up these works!
Hope to see you there!