WEEK COLLECTION 31

2018, Photography

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It has been a long time since I posted something on my blog. Last year I took you with me on my struggle with a burn-out. I have come long way since them, but I’m still not at a point where I want to be. It is often a two steps forward, one step back process. And I need to take my time. I am able now to deal with doubt and anxiety. And I see and feel a lot more positiveness.

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One of the things I strongly notice is the desire to get out and photograph again. And I also sense a strong emotion that is withholding me from doing it. Photography is on my mind though. I gradually try to find a balance between family, work, and creating time and space for my photography again.

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I know, and also strongly believe, that I will start making photographs again. I long for the feeling of getting in a flow again, the stream of unconsciousness. I don’t feel the need to push it.

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So today’s collection is a small and moderate set of photographs from all the weeks I didn’t share any work.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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18 thoughts on “WEEK COLLECTION 31

  1. The photographs are, to me, quite wonderful. The combination of your images with your words reminds me of some of my own struggles, balancing parts of my life which sometimes fall into disequilibrium. Finding that balance is tricky, hard, sometimes an ongoing struggle, for me at least. Then there are moments when I seem to find something like it and it’s like…recovering something I had lost, but didn’t realize was gone. Or…traveling for a long time…and then realizing what I needed most was to come back home. Or, like James Baldwin once wrote – “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”

    Thank you for these images, Wouter. They were just what I needed today.

  2. Wouter, by all means, please continue making those impressive photos. I know that sometimes it can be hard, oh yes I know. That sometimes you long to go out with your phone or camera but at the same time something holds you back. You think ‘what’s the sense of making those photos’ you doubt, you hesitate….

    But please continue!

    Thanks!

  3. Interesting. I’ve gone through a down time in my photography and blog posts as well. And, things are picking up for me again now too. No doubt US politics is depressing me but walking and taking pictures is a wonderful antidote. Must do it more.

    1. I hear the US politics has a great influence on many US citizens and I feel sorry for that. For me I know the downtime will make me stronger. Make your life matter, and although the damage is already done, some day your potus will be replaced by someone a lot smarter.

  4. Wouter, your photos are always worth the wait. I’ve been reading your blog from the start (currently in mid 2015) – there’s an extraordinary amount of wonderful photography gathered here, as well as your thoughtful and thought provoking text. The comments sections contain a wealth of information also, not to be underestimated. Thanks for all you share, and the platform here that allows others to.

  5. Wouter, the more I read your explanations, the more I get the feeling that the journey is your destiny and (hence) the destination itself is of less importance. Don’t worry (easily said, I am aware), but keep on exploring and wondering like Livingstone did after leaving the ship on the shore a long time ago.

  6. I do not always frequent your blog Wouter, despite being a big fan of your work for many years now. The good thing is, everytime I come back, im inspired with your images and your thoughts. greetings from down under!

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