As a photographer sometimes you can easily fall into a creative rut and feel like you are just making the same photo over and over again. Attempting to prevent that from happening to me, I like to assign myself some personal photo projects. Some of the best projects for me are ones that are outside of my comfort zone and challenge me to see things in new ways. I also find that having a project or “theme” helps me to really concentrate on the subject and get some variety surrounding the same idea. I have an ongoing list of “personal projects” that I keep and add to whenever a new idea comes to mind. Once I have a bit of extra free time I’ll try to get out and start or add to a project and the photos you see here are from one of those ideas.
I don’t normally do anything special to come up with the ideas but I tend to find the inspiration while just going about my everyday life. This razorwire project came to me while I was sitting at my part-time job at Halkin Photography in Philadelphia. Looking out the window one day I was noticing the razorwire and how the light reflected off it and I thought “razorwire could be such a dynamic subject to photograph”. I added it to my list.
Razorwire turned out to be a great idea and really had me working hard to come up with creative compositions and lighting. Moving a few inches one way or the other would completely change how the blades would reflect and quickly change the look of the photo. I mainly used my 105mm macro lens but also used a 70-200mm and 85mm lens for a few different looks. The day I chose to go was a nice sunny day so it gave me lots of options for lighting. Some of my favorite photos were when the sun was reflecting bright on some blades and not at all on others - lots of contrast.
Thanks so much for taking the time to view my photos and if you are a photographer yourself and in a creative rut, try coming up with a few projects to do, it can really help get the creative mind thinking again.