Unintended Inspiration

Today I thought I’d share a little “inspirational” series with the readership.  I had taken a break from reading blogs, magazines, news, twitter, forums, and all the other associated activities related to keeping current and learning about photography to actually put together to make some dinner.  Photography had exited my mind – I was taking a break, not even thinking about it.  So there I was, slicing and dicing, cutting celery, carrots, and onions for a spaghetti sauce, when BAM!  I saw some colors and shapes on the white cutting board and my knee jerk reaction was:  “Hey, that looks like one of those stock photos!  I wonder if I could make one like that!?”

Well, of course I had no equipment set up, no preparation, no lighting, no glycerine (it makes food shine), and had not given any thought to composition or anything like that.  But, having the 40D nearby, I figured what the heck, so began to document the process. First, I had the celery cut:


Then, I cut some carrots:

Celery and Carrots

Then, after some onions, it all went into a pot to brown in a butter sauce:


After adding some ground pork and turkey, a little white wine and milk to steam down:


Then once it had steamed down, the final stage, adding tomatoes:


The shots here are not all that great, but it does give a “back story” of sorts and helps to illustrate that sometimes you can find color and inspiration in the oddest of places – even if you’re not even looking for it.  So, if you ever find yourself stuck in a rut, trying to find some inspiration, sometimes it’s best to just stop trying so hard.  Forget about it and put your efforts into other things (like cooking).  Before you know it – you’l have new visions and challenges laid at your feet, waiting for your vision to bring it all together.  I’m sure others have experienced this too, so let’s hear it!  What other scenarios have produced unintended inspiration for you?  Feel free to share your stories, shots, and anecdotes in the comments!  Until tomorrow, Happy Shooting!

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2 comments for “Unintended Inspiration

  1. January 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

    When I was still in University, we were given a great video project where we had to take an everyday object and create a 90 second video on it, using different angles and perspectives. It is amazing what you can come up with when so confined! Although it was video, the same applies to photography… pick something like a tea cup and see what you can come up with!

  2. January 28, 2009 at 6:12 am

    naahh – not me, never felt inspired to shoot food. = )

    pass the hotsauce

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