This week found me on the road attending a conference in central Florida.
Before the trip I was really inspired thinking I'd shoot more than usual. I brought my Rolleiflex, the Leica MP for my 365 project of course, and more than enough film.
But the inspiration wasn't there. I thought the new spaces would encourage me to shoot more. They didn't. It was somewhat disappointing to say the least. I thought my creative energies would be released, they weren't. I ended up only shooting one roll of 120 and 40 or so frames of 35mm over five days.
I think it boiled down to being at a conference for work related stuff while never really being able to detach from issues back at the office. I never really felt "away." The conference was at Disney World. When I got on the Disney bus that takes you from the airport to Disney's hotel the bus driver pronounced over the bus intercom that everyone was now officially on vacation. I scoffed at that almost out loud. No way was I on vacation. I was by myself, Diana couldn't make it on this trip. I had a conference focused on four days of accounting topics.
The environment around the hotel was just okay. Yes there was a canal near the hotel grounds where the resort's many ferry boats shuttle guests between Disney's resort hotels. It was a nice spot especially at sunset. I got a few nice shots in color with the Rollei. Even there I was shouted at by a Disney ferry operator with a boat full of guests literally screaming at me to get away from the canal, I guess they thought I'd fall in. He even called Disney security because I was apparently in a restricted area, a seemingly open grass field next to the water. There were no signs or markings warning me to keep out. The security staff when they showed up were fine though reassuring me that I was perfectly okay where I was. I felt like a sixteen year old that had been busted for trespassing, that's really the level this guy treated me. The damage to my confidence and ego was done. I went back to my room more than a bit discouraged.
So it's not the act of getting away by itself that builds inspiration. The environment and state of mind are also keys to creativity. One has to be in the right state of mind and in the right environment with subjects that are interesting and memorable. I just didn’t feel I had a meaningful story to share with my images this past week.