Inspiration Cannot be Rushed

I’ve just returned from my annual Bandon trip where I take 10 days and think only about one thing: my art.  Every year I worry if I’ll see something that inspires me and I get myself all worked up over it:  Will I find something?  What if I don’t?  I’ve only 5 days left, now the pressure really is on!

It’s kind of like those nights when you just cannot get to sleep and you keep watching the clock, and with every hour the pressure increases because you have one less hour.  It’s counter productive, we know, but we do it anyway.

So after days of walking and looking, something caught my eye.  I was at a spot on the coast where the wind surfers congregate because of the fierce winds.  Another affect of the winds are these magnificently crafted dunes that are compressed into a very small space between the surf and the cliffs.  In that tight space wonderful shapes and shades of light are formed, different from what I normally see at traditional sand dunes.

It was there that inspiration struck; suddenly, unexpectedly and spontaneously.  I saw something in those dune details that inspired me and I worked like crazy, everywhere I looked I saw something magnificent.  I came back by a day later and I saw anew all over again.  I ended up creating about 25 images for a new portfolio (title at present, unknown).  The above image is one of my favorites from this new series.

Despite the pressure we put on ourselves, inspiration cannot be rushed.  It just happens and when it does, you’ll know it by your excitement and how easy the images come together.

Cole

P.S.  My next newsletter will be out in about two weeks and I’ll have this new series along with some other images from my Bandon trip.


7 Responses to “Inspiration Cannot be Rushed”

  • Pete W Says:

    Hey Cole,
    I know just what you’re saying. I have on many occasion just gotten in my car and drove with no destination in mind. Finally I’ll stop and spend hours just looking and searching for that one subject that will catch my eye. Only to shoot zip, then get drink and return home. Below are some shots I took by just stumbbling across this abandoned building, I had no camera, just my phone…but it show my interest and direction or ideas. The first ten shots are of that site.Make sense? Thanks Cole
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/luminouspleasures/sets/72157626115243046/

  • Eduard Crispi Says:

    Great work Cole! Looking forward to watching your next Newsletter!

  • Maureen Testa Says:

    Hi Cole, Thanks for saying what we all experience regarding inspiration. You honesty is always appreciated.
    Looking forward to seeing the rest of the Brandon trip photos.
    Maureen

  • Jeffrey Logesky Says:

    I know exactly what you mean, I’ve been in a creative funk since May. Sometime you just don’t see what’s in front of you, or you’re just to stubborn to get out of your own way.—-Jeff

  • Allen Says:

    I’ll be in Bandon mid-Oct. Thanks for inspiring me to look around and see what I can see.

  • aNette Says:

    Wow, Bandon. Why we don`t meet? We stay there at 10. September (Cranbarry Festival)A very nice little town, and a romantic, wild coast. I love it, like Seaside. I never believe, that Oregon is so beautiful. lg aNette

  • Maryanne Gobble Photography Says:

    Bandon, OR? I grew up about an hour south. Just a lovely wild coastline! Your body of work is striking! I read your interview on lensscratch this morning and found my way over to your blog…

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