The Gimme Shot
I recently had the opportunity to read Brian Matiash's new book, the Visual Palette.
I loved this book on so many levels. One of the chapters that particularly resonated with me at this particular point in time was the one about the "Gimme Shot." The idea is to take your camera to a place you are no longer motivated to photograph. Somewhere in your neighborhood that you now take for granted. You take the standard shot that everyone else has likely taken a thousand times. You get it out of the way, but now you are shooting and something might catch your interest or attention and you are off to the races.
This is so timely as I recently came back from Venice where I was highly motivated to get out and shoot every day. Everything was new and exciting. My curiosity meter was on overload for the entire trip. This was awesome, but also alarming. What would happen when I was back home and surrounded by the same old, same old? Would I go back to not shooting every day?
Sadly, my camera has a strong tendency to stay in its bag on a shelf when I am in Toronto (unless I am out on a gig.)
So reading Brian's book on the flight home was a godsend. I vowed to put his "Gimme Shot" concept into play upon my return. So yesterday I got up before dawn (helped greatly by still being on Venice time) and took my dog to our all-too-often visited beach.
I have walked this beach a thousand times and no longer felt motivated to shoot there. So I made sure to bring my camera and quickly got the "gimme shot" out of the way. And then I started to play. Brian was so dead on. The gimme shot totally works and I now see a way to spark my curiosity even while stuck in Toronto.
There is a lot of good stuff in this book! I highly recommend checking it out. And if you pre-order it on Amazon you can save over 30%!