Hi everyone. On a recent trip to Iceland, I was able to spend a few days in Reykjavik, and used the opportunity to photograph the Harpa. The Harpa is Iceland's performing arts center and is located by the old harbor between Reykjavík city center and the North Atlantic. The design was influenced by Iceland‘s exceptional and dramatic nature. The building was designed by Henning Architects and the glass facade was designed by renowned visual artist Olafur Eliasson.
Recently a photographer friend of mine was lamenting about their lack of desire to make images and a general loss of creativity. Creative block, such as what my friend is immersed in, is indeed a real and crippling challenge for artists. Many of us who write, paint, and photograph face it from time to time. I read an article that said there are seven kinds of creative blocks ranging from mental blocks, to emotional, monetary, habits, and so on. I cannot say for sure where the the creative block comes from but I suspect it generates within an emotional or mental state. Creativity can be an intensive process and becoming trapped by your thinking can force you into making assumptions that are limiting to the creative process.
My total switch to the Fuji X System has reignited my love of making images. For quite some time I was questioning the work I was doing and in fact had become somewhat lethargic about photography. I concentrated purely on landscape photography often to the detriment of just picking up a camera to explore photographic alternatives.
For some time now I have been making fairly regular visits to St. Louis and have enjoyed getting out into the city on photo walks, or "photo parkour", as one of my colleagues has labeled the outings. Though we are not jumping through obstacles or attempting dare devil-like movements we are nonetheless discovering some amazing vantage points to take in the city.
When I made the ultimate switch to Fuji I did not imagine at the time that I would be off exploring the world beyond the grand landscape. Though landscape remains a primary pursuit I have enjoyed the blissful freedom of street photography, portraits, architecture, and the other ephemera of opportunities afforded by a camera system that simply gets out of the way of making images.
The summer wheat harvest is going strong right now in our rural landscape. Late in the afternoon the low angle light of the setting sun sets the fields on fire with an intense glowing orange. If you have not watched this operation before the combines cut individual rows of wheat and indside the the machinery separates the wheat straw from the grains.