Ever have one of those times when it is hard to find your inspiration? I ran across the following passage from The Life & Letters of Pete Ilich Tchaikovsky (public domain)on the brain pickings blog:
Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when he is stirred by inspiration. There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.
Sometimes we need to work through the tough times to find the inspiration. I am looking forward to photographing Caitlin’s wedding and my annual “Signs of Wildlife” in Oxford, Ohio in September. Between then and now I want to complete some old projects and get my studio/office set up and organized. I want to have my inspiration and passion for photography back by then. Looks like I am just going to have to meet it halfway!