Sometimes my photography bores me. It's not that taking pictures bores me, but it's the photographs in the end that seem too, I don't know, perfectly aligned, or too realistically representative of the subject, or ... something. I think that I want my photography to say something bigger, but honestly, I can't figure out what that should be. And in the meantime, I shoot what appeals to me but then what of it in the end? Sometimes I sell photos as stock, and nicely aligned clearly representative pictures do well. And that's ok. But I restarted my photoblog to give me an outlet that didn't require such straightforward composition and technical perfection. (This week I've been posting photos from Eastern State Penitentiary and in the darkness I sometimes had to shoot at ISO 1600.)
For a while I really liked the photomemes (e.g., Photofriday) because they posed the challenge of coming up with a single photo which would demonstrate a particular theme (this week's Photofriday theme is "The Machine"). It was interesting to try to find a new and inventive way to shoot a theme, and then to compare what I came up with to others' ideas. But the memes can be really competitive, and by that I don't necessarily mean that the photographic standards are high, but that it becomes all about the winning for a lot of the people participating. (For example, in order to get a "noteworthy" mention in Photofriday you need enough votes and for that, you need people to see your photo. I have seen weeks with up to 800 submitted photos and certainly no one is looking at them all! So you have to play games, like being in the first or last ten photos in the list by either submitting something right away when the new theme is announced (but then obviously, you're pulling a picture from your archives instead of shooting something new) or by submitting your photo at the verrrrrrry end of the week just before they stop accepting new images. Or you have to add fancy diacritics to your user name so that it stands out in the list and people will want to click on it because your entry somehow looks more interesting.) Anyway, enough about photomemes. Obviously they are not what I'm looking for right now.
I think what I'm looking for is a question or issue that I can try to explore through photography, and I want it to be of greater import than "Blue" or "Christmas" or some other single word for which I try to come up with one single image to represent it.
Maybe I need to do something personal. I mean, clearly I'm not going to go to a third world country and document starving children and thereby demonstrate their plight to a world which is unaware or simply overlooking them. And I don't think my "issue" has to be that big to be meaningful in some way.
I guess I could document the experience of being pregnant. :) I'm half serious about that, actually, and I do have about a month and a half to go. That might be worth trying while I think of other ideas...
Other ideas are welcome.