Trapped inside. Need ideas please.

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Read! All those books you own but have never read, pick them up and enjoy them without feeling guilty. If you do not own any books then sign up for a free e-Book library and start with all the books you should have read but never did. I would give my eye-teeth for a few days of guilt-free reading :D

PS: while reading, you will inevitably think of a photographic project to do when you can get out again, too.

PPS: if I was trapped inside I would try and find time to learn how to take apart, repair and re-assemble vintage lenses. I've always wanted to do that..... lots here in France at jumble sales, too.
 

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Read! All those books you own but have never read, pick them up and enjoy them without feeling guilty. If you do not own any books then sign up for a free e-Book library and start with all the books you should have read but never did. I would give my eye-teeth for a few days of guilt-free reading :D

PS: while reading, you will inevitably think of a photographic project to do when you can get out again, too.

PPS: if I was trapped inside I would try and find time to learn how to take apart, repair and re-assemble vintage lenses. I've always wanted to do that..... lots here in France at jumble sales, too.
Sorry you feel so busy you have no time for your own pleasure, I can't imagine that honestly.
Hoping you soon find time for yourself and can join us in the "Identify the Mystery Object" thread; or even reading the many wonderful ideas proffered on this thread.
Business is a slowly oppressive state to be in for extended periods. Glad you have plans for when you get a break. Praying you have hope for a break soon.
Peace.
 

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Read the "what did you buy" thread and consider yourself lucky that by being "trapped" you ain't as likely to spend as many bucks as those mugs (like me) who suffer from GAS :)
Spoken like a man who has never experienced the Internet. Spend huge amounts of money at the click of a finger! Buy things from every corner of the earth and then some! Screw up on eBay, and end up winning six auctions for the same item! Experience the joy of opening packages containing stuff you completely forgot you ordered and can't remember why you thought you wanted it!
 

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I think what has inspired me most is other artists, especially other photographers. I have bought many issues of Black & White magazine, along with its short-lived sister magazine, Color, and I have seen so much great photography from both of them. Recently my local bookstore severely cut back its magazine section and Black & White is no longer sold there, so I have started buying photography books on clearance. I can see others' work on the internet as well, on sites like Instagram, Flickr, and, of course, Mu-43. Unfortunately, art galleries are not an option right now, but when they are available again, maybe they should also be a consideration.

I think if you are any kind of artist, it is important to be connected rather than isolated. Art doesn't appear out of nowhere, it builds upon previous art. If you know what it is that speaks to you, then you will know what to say to others. I bought a camera simply because I was obsessed with skyscrapers and I wanted to document their construction in my hometown. But I think it was eventually seeing the work of other photographers, seeing what is possible with a camera, seeing the passion behind other's work, that has driven me to do a lot more with my camera than I expected.
 

Pavel M

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Just like it says. I'm Trapped inside and I need ideas. Help please.
I am hoping with the same. Here are my approaches:

1) Explore your "cage". Look up close (not necessarily macro) and wide. Look for reflections, shadows, juxtapositions. Explore tools of your camera that you rarely/never use.
2) Create collages that reflect your moods, thoughts. If you are new to collages, this is a perfect time to learn and it is something that will always come in handy, even if you do realistic-looking photos.
3) Postprocess images you previously set aside. Think "what happens if" and "would it not be nice if I could" and than make it happen. Be playful. Do not worry if if your ideas do not work out.
4) Organise short local trips (2-3 hour drive) to places that have their own kitchen. Bring all your own food so you do not have to interact with anybody and spend the days photographing outdoor, returning to your room to eat. Photograph what is available and not what you would normally photograph.

Be creative and imaginative. Learn "the art of seeing" from Freeman Patterson - a must-read for any photographer aspiring to be creative. Our current situation is precisely what Freeman tries to create in his creativity exercises.

For ideas, you can look at my recent photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pavel_photophile2008/. They are in chronological order as posted. When you reach to photos from Korea, you have gone too far back

Let me know how it goes.
 
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