Update

Alright so i'm going to start this blog thing back up again!

So, just to recap what I've been doing for the last few months.

 

ive been spending a lot of time with my girlfriend Mandy 💚 she's amazing and I love every moment with her and wouldn't trade for anything. 

Mandy and I have been going to couple places here and there, we visited Kingston, Upper Canada Village and bunch of places around Ottawa.

 

I took a trip to Newfoundland in September to be the best man at my best friends wedding! It was a riot! Wicked good time!

 

I visited Montreal again with some co workers and I just came back from Toronto. 

 

I also took some engagement photos for a lovely couple this past weekend! Just trying to figure out how to display a whole set of images on the site still! 

So that's the update, so far! 

 

Here are are some images from some of the events!  

Trying to blog.

That inevitable wall you end up hitting when trying to blog and keep it consistent..  I hit it. 

Went to the beach yesterday and took a couple of images. 

 

Mooney's Bay 2016. Edited in VSCO. 

Mooney's Bay 2016. Edited in VSCO. 

It was a hot day, but there was an awesome breeze.  

So this blog is a mix of a diary, photoblog and a Vlog which I'm hoping to put a video out every Thursday.  

 

I might try and force myself to do a photo a day, maybe start it this weekend, I tried to do a 365 a couple years ago and did pretty Good. I made it to day 200 which isn't bad but I think I lost the motivation. I think I'll try again.

 

Mooney's Bay Park 2016. Edited in VSCO. 

Mooney's Bay Park 2016. Edited in VSCO. 

Saturday May 28th 2016. Day 1.

Today is day 1 of my social media disconnect, (except Facebook) which has been easy to avoid. I was distracted by the great Glebe Garage Sale, and good times with my girlfriend and her friends. I did take my camera with me but nothing of interest popped out.

Tomorrow we head to the beach, where I'm hoping there will be some opportunities to take some photographs.

Still trying to figure out the content for this blog. :)  

 

 

Chatter

Chatter. There is either too much chatter or too much noise. I'm not talking about the sounds you hear, but rather social media noise. Social media noise is the abundance of people or companies posting on social media. For me, it has become crippling to my creativity and demoralizing. I have fallen into creative droughts before but not like this. This time it is different. The cause is different.

 

Some could argue that the lack of me shooting may be the main cause of my creative drought. I don’t even take my camera to work anymore. I used to wake up early so I could spend some time before work, even if it was only 30mins, to walk around the downtown core of Ottawa capturing everything I saw. But as time continued and the winter dragged on for as long as it did (too long), I became less and less inclined to shoot. Now that the sun and warm weather is here, and the shorts have come out, I still find myself not interested. Why?

 

Social media noise. It is causing severe creative blockage…creative drought…lack of motivation …or whatever else you want to call it. The fact of the matter is that I have Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, VSCO, Instagram, and Flickr. Each and everyone of these platforms bombards users with an endless supply of content. Social media provides so much… that it can overstimulate you. In my case, it has made me jealous and depressed. There is so much amazing content from photographers such as Marc Lafreniere, Chris Burkard, Matt Barnes (just to name a few) that I see the work and I doubt myself and my capabilities. I think that I will never be that good or be able to capture the lighting like they did. I lose sight of the image and focus on the negatives. I see the money I don’t have for that camera, or that specific lens, or even my financial inability to travel to that spot. I find myself caught up in what I don’t have or what I think I need so much so that I lose sight of the image itself and my creativity slips away.

 

The photography I see isn’t necessarily bad noise since it is work I admire, but combined with what all the social media platforms throw in my face…it all just becomes too much. I’ve forgotten how fun photography can be.

 

So let’s change that. I’ve deleted some of the noise: Tumblr, Twitter, and Flickr. I’m going to start to limit my time on Facebook and Instagram. Instagram isn’t going anywhere just yet. As my wise and beautiful girlfriend says, it’s a place for me to express myself, which is very true. 

 

This blogish/vlog thing I'm starting will hopefully help flush out my drought, and get the creativity going. Maybe it can even open up a space for people to reply and start a conversation about creative blockage? Who knows 😉