My camera simply wasn't seeing what it was meant to see and it collected dust in my bedroom closet. It was in the dark, behind buckles, and resting from the work it wasn't at all too passionate about. I should probably say that me and my creative expression were resting in the dark too.
I put down my photography practice in the hopes of finding another passion to focus on. I felt like for all too long, I worked in photography conditions that weren't conducive to my creativity and I used my craft as a source to pay the bills. My creative expression resembled a wrung out kitchen towel that just so happened to call itself a professional button pusher. It came to the point where I made up excuses and excessively complained. Not very attractive, right?
Then a few events ignited my creative spark again: I saw the diagonal composition of bell peppers I sliced for Father's Day brunch, examined the faint light shining through prosciutto papers, watched a food science documentary on a six-hour flight, and reminisced over my old work. This culmination of happenings made me realize that my creative burnout was born from my need to fulfill every opportunity that came my way. And in doing so, I destroyed what photography meant to me and disregarded what I enjoyed photographing—food.
Photography's importance in my life became more prominent when I put my camera away. My four-month resting period made me realize that I didn't need to find another passion to focus on; instead, I should be extruding all the goodness that photography gives. It's a way to really connect with what's in front of my camera, a time to exercise my eye muscles to analyze detail, a tool to show the world what I enjoy seeing, and even a technique to make hours go by at lightning speed.
So here I am with my camera in hand, realigned focus, and strengthened dedication to food photography. I'm on a mission to create photos that make people's mouths water with the slight pull at making them want to make dishes of their own.
I'm really excited to take this on while learning how to cook and bake. So far, being out in the field and working with my hands has been such a relaxing, fulfilling time. See my first journey with Better than Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies, above.
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