Back when I started to share my Iceland images, I shared a story about my chasing an image which led to my missing it altogether. Remember, I had to go back the next day?
Today I want to continue that discussion. Below is Peter Cox’s image of Blahylur. When we arrived, Peter was encouraging our group to make a pretty steep and long climb up a slope to the location where he made this image. WOW, what a marvelous image it is.
You’re probably wondering what I did, right? Well, I looked at the steep slope and long climb and said, no way! Actually, what was really going on in my mind was the previous experience, chasing an image rather than allowing one to come to me. With this in mind, I stood at the edge of this crater looking for another image but was uninspired. Let me be very clear, my being uninspired does not mean there was not an image to be made. It simply means that for me, I was not feeling inspired. This feeling is about me at that moment and has nothing to do with the photographer who might be standing right next to me. They very well might be finding lots of inspiration. As I stood and pondered the situation, I remembered feeling excited about something I saw on the way up to the edge of the crater. I asked a few of the group (who chose not to make the climb) if they wanted to head back down the road with me to see what I was interested in looking at again. And this is where I shot the image below that received the most feedback of all of the images I’ve posted from Iceland. I find that interesting and further testimony about this idea of letting images come to you.
As I’ve pondered this idea of chasing versus letting images come to you, I’ve decided both ideas have merit. I think Peter was pretty much chasing an image he had heard about and he had great success. I on the other hand was doing a better job of listening to inspiration this time and came away with one of my personal favorites from the trip. So the bottom line is, whichever situation you find yourself in next time, just be mindful of where your head is and don’t let other possibilities pass you by.
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