paul nicholson

Inspiration

In Me, Pictures, Work on January 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

If you don’t know already, I’m starting to get pretty seriously into photography. Or at least I want to get seriously into it, which I suppose is the part that matters right now. I’ve always considered myself something of a shutterbug, but since getting my Nikon D90 for Christmas last year, I’ve been getting much more serious. Taking tons of pictures, playing with lighting techniques, watching more than a few instructional videos for pro and semi-pro photographers online, and of course, contemplating gear upgrades – among other pursuits.

Not too long ago I was watching Jeremy Cowart do a cool online workshop (free when streaming live thanks to CreateLive) on experimental portraiture (read: doing weird stuff and seeing what looks cool). At one point when answering the question “how do you get out of a creative rut”, he said something which was fairly obvious after the fact: change what you’re taking in. Listen to different music, follow different people on twitter, watch different TV shows, etc. That got me thinking: lately about 90% of my twitter feed has been either NHL hockey or Dell (work) related. That’s all fine and good, but that’s not where I want to be going. I’m a hockey fan, and my job is a nice one, but the direction I want to be going is marketing and/or photography, and more so the latter. So lately I’ve been looking for more Nashville area photographers to follow on Twitter, Flickr, blogs, etc…

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One of those photographers has already given me another idea. Leslee Mitchell is not only a great photographer, but she’s the queen of self-promotion. As she put it herself not too long ago “self-promotion is the art of spreading ideas, concepts, and a greater vision.” Among other things I’ve seen her doing lately is a “best of 2010” gallery of her work. She created the gallery on Facebook and has been voraciously linking to various pictures in the gallery with comments on why she liked the photos. I realized that it wouldn’t hurt for me to do the same. If I expect anyone to ever take me seriously as a photographer, I have to take myself seriously first. Not to mention that some self-examination and critical analysis could do me some good.

Since my son David was born last week, I’ll be more than a bit busy for a while. So for the moment I’m going to post a slideshow if my current favorite pictures from my portfolio (all taken in 2010). Soon I hope to post a few individual entries on them with commentary. Hope you enjoy.