It's been a bit since I've posted. Part of it has been finding that spark again. That spark to write, shoot, create and take chances. For a while I started to feel like I was being too safe, stale and uninspired. So this summer, I've been on a search. A search for that spark. I started in Vegas (thank god there are no photos from that trip) and next went to San Francisco. Now I'm down in Portland as I write this. It's been good to get away. Take a look from outside the machine. It's really easy to just keep doing what you're doing even when it's not working. I started this search by shooting like I used to. Without a reason. With no planned outcome. I just started shooting what I liked. I had fun and it didn't take long before I started really feeling inspired and connected with my craft again.
A friend had just showed me a really cool "tintype" photo he had taken on a recent trip to SF. I was blown away by the texture and emotion the photo evoked. Michael Shindler was the man behind the lens and I knew I had to make this a stop on my trip. We spent about three hours at PhotoBooth in the Mission District. It was so inspiring! There we're tons of film cameras, Polaroids and other creative things like film negative earrings. This place was the spot! We chatted over some PBRs and I truly had found my spark. I picked up an old Polaroid 420 and instantly fell in love.
Aside from the inspiration I soaked up at PhotoBooth, I really enjoyed just walking around the city and watching. Letting things just be without forcing it and capturing what was. It felt really freeing.
So here are my favorite shots from the trip. I hope you enjoy and if you're ever in a spot where you're lacking that creative juice, try something. Anything. The first attempt might not be the answer but eventually you'll get there. I'm so glad I did.
Michael Shindler of PhotoBooth