I think most if not all Street Photographers "Lose their Groove" at some point and this blockage of creativity can last for days or weeks and at this moment in time i'm in that situation.
I can only speak of my own experience and it can be frustrating when you are out on the street and nothing is happening . I like to call it "Right Place - Wrong Time Syndrome"
I can find myself questioning what i'm doing and i can easily forget the real reason i do street photography. Maybe i'm too critical of my work ,maybe i'm looking to hard and should try and keep it simple. But what ever it is it can be disabling especially when you are gripped with this self doubt.
So how do i get myself back "Into the Groove" ?
The first thing is to have a break from the street for a few days and recharge the creative batteries and spend some time going over images from previous street walks that i have done , i have found loads of little gems that i forgot i had.
Pick up your favourite photography book and sit down with a coffee and really study the images , look at the colours ,the composition and the style of photography. My 2 favourite books for inspiration are Bruce Davidson's Subway & Ernst Haas Colour Correction.
Use your camera around the house - I like taking portraits of my son using different techniques like flash , playing with the camera settings and trying something different to get the creative juices flowing again.
Limit the use of social media !! For me i can find this even more of a distraction as it can put that little seed of doubt into my head when i see all these wonderful images from exotic places and i'm sat at home watching the rain pour down in Manchester.
Listen to Photography podcasts- I'm a massive fan of the candid frame podcast presented by the wonderful Ibarionex Perello . For me this is the best photography podcast out there. - http://www.ibarionex.net/thecandidframe/
Plan a trip to another city. You can get stuck in a rut shooting the same streets day in day out , i know we all can't afford expensive trips abroad but i recently booked a flight to Brussels for £38, so it can be done on a budget. Fly out on the first flight and come back the same day on the last flight.. Or take a train to your nearest City and get lost in the streets.
Losing your Groove is never permanent and it always passes but its what you do while your stuck that matters.
I have been a huge fan of The Candid Frame podcast for some time, i find it a great source of information & inspiration . Ibarionex Perollo who presents the show has one them voices that you could listen to for hours, his structured questions are well researched and put across in such a way that the guest feels relaxed enough to open up and talk honestly & candidly about their work to the point where WE the listener feel as though we are eavesdropping onto a private conversation between two friends.
The recent interview with Donato DiCamillo was just unbelievable, so much so that it inspired me to write this blog. Donato is a Brooklyn based photographer who likes to keep the world at arms length and let his work do the talking but with the help of Ibarionex we get a glimpse into Donato's life and how he found his way into photography. You have to listen to the interview just to understand how powerful his story is. It's one of them interviews that makes you stop and listen.
But this is just one of many interviews that have changed my view on photography the conversation with Matt Stuart is also a remarkable story especially how he talks us through the "Trafalgar Square Image" and whilst digging through the archives i discovered the interview with Joel Meyerowitz from 2012 which just blew my mind away and gets better with a second listen! (It's that good) the way he breaks everything down to the very last detail made me realise that photography is so much more than just pressing the shutter button.
I have discovered many photographers from all over the world and have enriched my knowledge of photography through listening to The Candid Frame and its presenter Ibarionex Perello .
I can't recommend this podcast enough if you are photographer in need of inspiration or just want to learn new ways of how to shoot then download the podcast from i-tunes.