Charl_1Man! Inspiration week?

I guess I am always inspired, but not always motivated & that is the crutch. There are things to inspire all around me at all times of the day in this hyper connected world of ours. Often times it’s too much.

Lately I have been trying to find inspiration in different places aside from photography. I look more to film, sculpture, dance, music et cetera nowadays than photography for things to inspire. I feel that if I stare too much at other people’s work (especially other people’s photography) that I get way too unmotivated at how good they are and how “bad” I am.

So looking outside of my medium of expression I get much more inspired to push the boundaries, physical and mental. That’s not to say that I am always inspired. I love this quote from Chuck Close.

Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.

Now that does seem a little harsh, but the truth of the matter is, that as soon as you get out and go shoot and shoot often, the “inspiration” just sort of manifests itself. I dunno if everyone would agree, but it rings true, for me at least.

Another quote; this time from Jeremy Cowart: “I’ve found that my confidence as a photographer is directly connected to how often I’m shooting. In other words, keep shooting.”

I think that’s also a big part of being inspired. It’s not easy though, coz you need to work to be inspired to go out and shoot to build your confidence, so it’s a strange formula of:

Work = Inspiration = Shooting = Confidence.


And thus the circle repeats like an Ouroboros snake. There’s obviously a little catch to it, but it’s up to you to get past that. Some of my favourite photos have been created at times where I did not want to leave the comfort of my couch, but then I dragged my lazy ass out and had a buttload of fun.

So in the wise words of Zachary Arias. “GOYA. Get. Off. Your. Ass.

Thanks for reading.

Bernard Brand

Bernard is a freelance portrait photographer, based in Pretoria, South Africa. Currently stumbling ass backwards into a full time photography career.

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  1. Vic Román

    This makes perfect sense! Thanks!