Did I lose something?
It was there before, but now it’s gone.
Where did it go?
Will it be back?
Two years ago I stood in the lobby of a hotel in Akron, Ohio and looked up. I saw saw a ceiling lamp, but it was more than that, it appeared to me as abstract shape that inspired me to create my Ceiling Lamps portfolio. The image above was that first lamp.
Now fast forward; three weeks ago I was back in Akron and staying at that very same hotel. Upon checking out I thought about that lamp and looked up. The lamp was still there, but to my surprise I could no longer “see” it, it just looked like an ordinary lamp to me. I thought to myself; I wonder why that lamp inspired me before?
That really kind of scared me, why didn’t it look special any more? What had I lost and could I get it back?
And what if I were walking down the street today and passed “The Angel Gabriel,” would he inspire me to stop? If I were to stumble across that “Old Car Interior” again, would it interest me enough to photograph it?
This experience reinforces two personal beliefs that I have: first to always stop because you may not “see” that inspiration later and second, you can keep going back to the same location over and over and over and still “see” something new. Seeing a great image has more to do with our creative mood, than with the location.
I’ll be back in Akron next year and I’ll be very curious see how I’ll “see” this lamp!