John Robb

Melbourne, Australia

John Robb is a photographer from Melbourne who likes to look an the other direction with a camera and find new and interesting...

If You Are Experiencing

“The one who cannot suffer cannot love either”

I came across this quote from Jurgen Moltmann in my web travels today. For me it rang the right resonance when it came to our sometimes troubled work as artists.

To some of us, perhaps to everyone, slowdowns in creativity happen from time to time. Some just seamlessly change direction and find other things to do while their “phojo” * returns. At the other end of the spectrum these things can tear you apart.

If you experience a lull for your first time as an artist it can come as a nasty surprise. It’s a new feeling that you may not be prepared for. It can potentially throw you off balance and it can happen at anytime. The suffering you experience can be profound.

If you think carefully you will realise that these feelings comes from your love of your art and the strange way that you have lost contact with it.

One of the most important steps is to gain a realisation that these things can happen from time to time and that they are temporary. Right now it may not feel like it but you will find yourself eventually shooting again. From my experiences I’ve found that this self realisation is the key to start putting things back on track.

If you are experiencing trouble at the thing you love then start by taking the time to talk to friends, they don’t have to be photographic or artistic, they can be valuable support at times like this.

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