After Blue Monday

2010, Photography

While recovering my blues I visited the local photography club for the first time last night. No gear talk, many female members and discussing shown work by some of the members. Soon the club will have an exhibition and the general theme for the exhibition is nature. Not necessarily my favorite theme, but some of sub-themes can be interesting though. The first sub-theme will be “the beauty of nature”, the second “the threatened nature” and the third is “people and nature”. The shown work was diverse and of mixed quality, and it was good to see these members making their efforts. Believe me, this is still so much better then all those boring dpreview gear talk.

Still not sure, but these photographs might be something for “the threatened nature” sub-theme.

When it comes to my personal photography, I am still on a break. While the quality of the photographs might still be there, I miss the satisfaction of making photographs. February is soon, 10 days and counting.

But my concern is meaningless in comparison to the disaster in Haiti. Please take a moment to see the photographs of Danish photographer Jan Grarup of the Haitian aftermath.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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11 thoughts on “After Blue Monday

  1. In Ede zitten jullie toch met de fotoclub? Ik kom zeker kijken naar de expositie.
    Ben werkzaam in Ede en mooie natuur genoeg hier in de omgeving.
    Die foto van de merel op zijn rug (dood) is wel héél passend bij je artikel.
    //Dave

  2. I tried a local photo club, but didn’t like the direction it had taken with its meetings. It wasn’t meeting my wants and desires for a photo club. Maybe I should start my own?

  3. Wouter
    I am like you. My 365project is very slow this year due to motivation problems and low light. I also joined recently a photoclub. Let’s hope for February!!
    good light wishes
    aphotoaday

    1. I absolutely couldn’t do that, a 365project. I need the breaks. At some point I miss it and start shooting again. Inspiration already starts coming. Like me, don’t force it. The light will soon be there.

  4. Is it the time of year? I’ve taken less photographs this year, than I normally take in a day. Took my Nikon D40 for a walk this afternoon, but struggled to engender any enthusiasm – but tomorrow is another day.

    1. And the after that too. Maybe take a walk without the camera. When you get mad, because you don’t have the camera with you and you’ve missed a great opportunity, then you’re there.

  5. Wouter I do feel your angst.

    There is no such thing as demanding too much of oneself but you might be setting your standards perhaps too high. Then again, we all get a bit disheartened by the winter blues.

    In many ways I am quite lucky. My shots are rarely cerebral and I find joy even in ‘bad’ shots. What I never lost in 50 years of taking pictures is the need to take them. There were times when I took 200 a day and times when months went by without taking any.

    I am confident that the creative juices and the ‘fire in the belly’ will return once more – and with a vengeance.

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