igniting the spark within

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Viewfinder Manifesto #9: PHOTO MOJO
We believe that photographic mojo may flow and ebb within each of us but that there is always at least a spark that can be reignited.

I hate it when I lose my photo mojo. If I do pick up my camera, I still can’t seem to click that shutter. It is hard to get back to shooting, especially when all inspiration seems to hide away.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams

One thing that helps me pick up my camera is a “To Shoot” list. There are many lists you can find online by simply searching “photography challenge list.” Or, you can find inspiration from your own photography and create an original list. First, find an image that you have taken that you like. Second, scan the image for things you love most.

For example, I like this image here. I could look at this image and make a prompt list.

Rolleicord V | Ektar 100


Now, grab your camera and shoot from your list.

Rolleicord V | Ektar 100
Rolleicord V | Ektar 100

Now, am I implying that your mojo will come right back? No, not at all. Photo mojo can have a mind of its own. However, sometimes, we can ignite that spark sooner with a little effort and inspiration from within.

What do you do when you lose your photo mojo? I would love to hear other ideas.

~Staci Lee

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