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Motivation

Motivation from imaging

Motivation to look up...

Motivation. That’s my word of the day, motivation. We all need it, crave it at times maybe, but it’s something that keeps us going. Some find it in random displays of human kindness, others in more simpler manifestations. A sunny day, an Ocean breeze, the carefree abandonment of a child at play or quite simply a well meaning smile from a stranger. For me, imaging motivates me. Whether that is from photographic or video imaging it doesn’t matter. Simple actions of imprinting scenes to an imaging sensor, in the way I interpret them is suffice. I am after all a creative soul, and it is that creativity inside that provides the motivation to continually expand that horizon. Whilst the imaging does drive me though the main aspect of motivation that comes from it is the positive reinforcement that what I do, the result of my craft, is appreciated by others. Creative artists in themselves offer motivation to others given that their works, words, images and accomplishments instil a reactive emotion in the spectator thus allowing people to have a better sense about themselves.

Motivation to look beyond...
Of late I’ve been doing a lot of street photography, more so than of recent years and months. Departing from more natural fare I rise to the challenge in this urban sprawl that is Tokyo. I find the challenge to create something out of my daily surroundings invigorating in the same way that a weight bench could be seen as a motivational driver to work out for a health fanatic. Beyond walking around scouring the standard alleyways and vistas I find one aspect to be particularly rewarding, looking up! It’s as if we have another city beyond head height. In general we tend to walk around our surroundings, more often than not, glued to our mobile devices to the extent that we miss a lot of what really surrounds us. It’s invigorating to see the different perspectives, to really see, and feel, just how imposing it is to rest momentarily next to a truly gargantuan building. It has a very real presence about it, a personality almost.

Motivation generates and feeds a creative mind...
I attribute this elevated desire to investigate these concrete surroundings to my current requirement for inner calm. Given my pressing state of flux with regards to our base location for the coming year imaging provides the mental calm needed to assess the situation, to make the right decisions. I have been transient in my life until this point but as we are now three there needs to be a point of fixture, an anchor location. It is this I currently seek at this time. Whether that will be solely in a continued personal imaging vein or indeed with the added service provision of my skill sets to potential future clients, who knows? One thing is for sure though, I’ve seen and been messaged by a growing number of folks as to how my imaging has inspired and motivated them to try new things in imaging. And the only way we advance, in any creative role, is by pushing our boundaries…

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