‘The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.’ Ellen Parr
Curiosity gets a bad press – people often confuse it with being nosy. So if someone tells you that curiosity killed the cat, they probably mean you should mind your own business. As a photographer, you’re then left with a dilemma : stay curious and risk upsetting people – or die creatively.
Of course, curiosity and intrusiveness don’t always go together. As a photojournalist, you’re almost bound to ruffle people’s feathers. But there are gentler alternatives. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s still life photography, with its emphasis on composition and lighting.
Think of curiosity as being open minded. Simple things can make all the difference. Will a picture look better if I bend my knees? What if I try using film? How about shooting in colour (or black and white) for a change?
If you’re feeling bored with photography, pause and ask yourself why. Curiosity might have killed the cat, but creatively it can be a lifesaver (and a cheaper option than a new lens or camera).
You’re most welcome to share your own experience and advice – I look forward to hearing from you.