No need to travel or escape yourself. Simply photograph and document your own life.
- Let us assume you truly make photos to please yourself.
- Then let us assume you love your life.
Then doesn’t it make sense for you to document/photograph your own life?
What if I don’t love my own life?
Now this is the trickier thing:
What if I don’t love my life? If so, what should I photograph?
If you don’t love your life, don’t pursue photography thinking that photographic productivity will make you happier in life.
Instead, focus on your own personal happiness THEN pursue photography with a more fiery ardor!
How to become happier in your personal life
I believe that happiness is a physiological thing (your physical vigor).
For example, when I am tired, jet-lagged, or physically exhausted, I also feel “depressed”. I cannot motivate myself to do anything, because I am so physically exhausted.
So perhaps as a very basic thing:
In order to be happier, focus on building your own physical strength.
How to build-up your physical strength/vigor
Things you can do:
- Make sure you get a good night sleep (8+ hours)
- Experiment with ‘intermittent fasting’ (no eating breakfast or lunch) as well as a ‘ketogenic diet’ (no carbs, sugar, starch) diet.
- Drink more black coffee during the day (be very strict and no caffeine in the evening).
- Everyday walk, and engage in some sort of physical activity (yoga, powerlifting, deadlift, squats, chin-ups, pushups, etc.
- Ensure you eat enough protein/fat/meat in your diet.
When am I the most creatively productive?
For myself, I am most creatively productive once I have the maximum of physical power and vigor. My physical vigor and happiness seems to be a necessary precedent to my creative productivity.
For example, when I am the happiest in life and I want to share that happiness with others, that is when I am the most creatively productive! I walk more, talk more, shoot more photos, think more, and share more.
You cannot fake happiness and enthusiasm — just as you cannot fake hate.
Thus if you’re feeling exhausted, feeling depressed, and you want to make good photos– you will have a difficult time. Even if you do shoot when you’re in a depressed state; the photos will lack joy.
And do you want to create non-joyful images? Of course– this is up to you.
Photography as a philosophical exercise
The more and more I think about photography, the more I realize it is a philosophical exercise. Photography is a reflection of how you see the world and life.
But remember; life is more important than photography. Focus on maximizing your own personal happiness, THEN shoot that!