The Limitation Game

20 May 2015

I've finally decided on a blog design! Hurrah! I contacted a few bloggers, got a few tips and finally I decided to go for a simple template with my own header. I'm happy with my blog and I can hopefully stop messing around with the design - I can't help it I'm rather picky when it comes to design. So now I can start thinking about what content I can put in my blog. Being a first time blogger I don't have a lot of adventurous things to blog about at the moment as I haven't got much going on. I'm still on my gap year so it's just a case of work and whatever I get up to at home.

I decided a while back that my blog would have something to do with talking about what inspires me. I chose the title 'An Enthusiasm For' because there are so many little things that I am enthusiastic about even though I come face to face with limitations.  In my last post I mentioned a little about money and transport limitations, if you too are in the same position then you'll know how frustrating it feels, but throughout my gap year I have really been making use of the things that I have already. There were times I would look at my Nikon Bridge camera and think "grrr! Why don't you do much! If only I had a DSLR", obviously I couldn't have just walked into a photography shop and purchased a brand new £300 DSLR - I don't have that kind of money to be going out and spending. So I knew I couldn't give up with my camera as that would look bad and I was surprised that I actually found some settings that I had never used before. Now how about that! I was tempted to give up on my camera but I have stuck with it and I've produced some photos that I'm really happy with.

I remember an article I read on IdeasTap about a photographer, Idil Sukan, who photographs actors and comedians. One of her quotes really stuck out to me -

"Buy a camera – it can be a terrible camera – and don’t buy another camera until you become thick with rage at its limitations. So many young photographers blow their student budget on the best possible camera and don’t appreciate the technical wizardry of what you can do with it. You need to take so many photos with your shitty camera. Then feel free to go shopping. It’s the best moment in the world because you know you deserve it."

I mean what a great piece of advice and that's when I decided to give my camera another go!

So if you're finding yourself in the same situation as me - you're limited with money or transport then my big advice is that things seem ten times worse when you feel down about it. I truly did feel bad, around last year I felt like I was getting nowhere, my problem was that I was having difficulty finding a job and I was super worried that I wouldn't be able to afford university. So the days I wasn't walking around town handing in CV's, at home I was trying my best to keep my mind off of things and keeping myself busy. At home I always find things around the house to do like baking, drawing, reading, learning a new song on the piano or guitar, helping my brother out with art, this just kept my mind at peace. In relation to my last post even just being out in your own garden really does help just to take your mind off of the stress of being limited to what you really want to do.

Finally things are starting to go in the right direction now but I'm still always making use out of the things I have already. I'm so grateful that things are starting to get better, "It might take a year, it might take a day, but what's meant to be will always find it's way".


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