One of the more challenging parts of being a photographer is constantly working to keep yourself inspired. Working in a creative field is incredibly fun, but also incredibly challenging – especially if you find yourself shooting in the same places or the same thing over and over again. It’s easy – all too easy, in fact – to find yourself just shooting things the same way. Because, hey it worked last time! But sometimes when we’re out in new places, having new experiences, inspiration just strikes. It’s this weird feeling I can’t quite explain or predict. For me, that happened this last weekend visiting the workshop of George Nakashima. To be quite honest, I had never heard of him until then. And it wasn’t my idea to go visit this place either. But while we were there, perhaps with all the sawdust swirling about in my head, I was instantly inspired.
I mean, seriously friends, I came home fantasizing about learning how to build furniture in my free time. So though I had no camera in hand, I trusted my iPhone to capture all the beauty I was taking in so I could remember it, even briefly, when I need some inspiration. Many photographers complain about how technology like the iPhone has made everyone think they are “a photographer” but you know what? I think that’s what I love most about it. No matter where I go, no matter what I am doing, when inspiration strikes I have something there to capture it so I can hold onto it forever. They might not be the highest quality images, or captured quite the way I would take them otherwise, but they are there all the same. It is in this that we are all photographers in some way and maybe just maybe that will help others appreciate the work of the professional photographers even more, rather than less.
Anyway, if you are into DIY, design, interior design, or art of any kind and ever find yourself in or near the New Hope, PA area, I highly, highly recommend checking it out for yourselves.
What about you? Have you found yourself inspired by something completely unexpectedly?
The Wood-Working Shop.
The Finishing Shop.
And, my personal favorite (for all the little details): The Chair Shop!
Last but certainly not least: The Showroom
And, the ever awesome wood stock beneath the showroom. Aren’t all those incredible pieces of wood just amazing?
All images in this post captured with an iPhone 4s and processed with Lightroom 4.