1 July 2016


"photography is an art of observation. it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
// elliott erwitt //

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I feel that there has been a greater emphasis on photography of late. More and more I've noted a lovely abundance of articles surrounding this topic; in particular the act of improving it. No, I don't mean pieces produced by specific photography blogs and websites. Bloggers from all walks of life have been sharing their thoughts and insights with their readers, mostly on what they've learned thus far such as these incredibly insightful posts from Coat and Coffee and In The Frow. Such topics are always a joy to read because you always manage to come away with a new bag of tricks to use on your next foray.

While there has been significant emphasis on the internets and throughout social media over this, I've also felt the significance from within. And not in a good way. You see, I've always enjoyed photography and being able to capture moments. Be it a jubilant scene amongst friends or an enraged sea battering and puckering against the shore. With the expansion and accessibility of social media over the years, I used to enjoy perusing through my own Instagram feed and noting the differences and dramatic improvement within my capture and exposure of photos. But these days I feel as though there has been little to no progress at all, and at times I wonder if perhaps I've shockingly taken a few steps back. For example since returning home from my recent American travels, there has been a notable difference in my photos, one that is lackadaisical and below par in comparison.

And why is this so?

Am I lost to a spate of unfortunate luck? Or have I misplaced that inner sense of vision and inspiration? Lighting is key to any vibrant photograph but more and more I find I am struggling most with this because it's practically nonexistent in my presence. My home has never been an ideal locale. The majority of that prized northerly light is blocked by an adjacent home. So finding a small nook to get creative with is essentially a lottery.

I feel like I just can't win nor can I catch a break! And because of this nuisance state, I've found myself being careless and utterly discontent, more so with Instagram as I feel a certain pressure from within to perform and continually publish quality content. And thus the joy I once had for this platform has been greatly reduced, shifting from a space for sheer excitement and creativity to something more menacing and stressful. Lately my best, is just not my best. My feed has been compromised by my poor judgement and photographic inadequacy. It's an uneven patchwork of sorts. Snippets of luminous distinction overshadowed by lackluster forms. And while this may seem frivolous to some, the inner perfectionist in me cringes at such things. To physically publish something under par is akin to a sort of blasphemy to me. As an outlet for my creativity I yearn for it to reflect so and thus strive for a particular feel and mood. But what that exactly is, I'm not so sure I even know anymore either? And maybe therein lies the real problem.

It's not the lack of lighting or inspiration, but the identity or the vision.
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  1. That quote is great, love it! Oh well, I have ur same trouble regarding the light, my place isnt ideal at all for snaps! But thankful there are the filter lol! Btw, I do love ur feeds Sonia, I do hope is just a thing of now. Happy weekend! xo

  2. So inspired!

  3. I honestly think most artists go through periods of disenchantment, Sonia. I think it just has to do with the perfectionist tendencies. I think your shots are beautiful, and whatever you're feeling will probably just push you on to do even greater shots, so that's not really bad, right? :)I myself am not on a lot of social media stuff anymore...I think it's basically just Twitter for me now, which is probably why I don't feel any pressure to put out great shots (not that I'm a photographer!). Anyhoo, thanks for those two links with the tips nonetheless. I love that one about taking pics of coffee:)

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  4. Nice post!!!

  5. I totally hear you. I love photography, it's so inspiring and it always puts me in a better mood!
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  6. People definitely interpret pictures and other forms of art differently. That's the beauty of it :)


  7. I understand how you feel, girlie. I'm also the type of person that strives to do better each day, which of course includes better quality content and sometimes, it can be challenging due to a number of reasons that are outside of my control, which seems to be the same with you. The one thing I can say is that we can only try to do our best within our current situation/location and like your quote says, people who truly appreciate your work in general, as well as art, will see the beauty in the imperfect lighting or circumstance :) Thanks so much for sharing and opening up about something many of us can relate to, I know I can. I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!



  8. Sounds like you're going through a creative dry spell, Sonia, it happens to the best of us so don't beat yourself up for it. I love Emily's blog too (Coat + Coffee), she writes so articulately and beautifully and I feel so inspired whenever I hop over for a read.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  9. I think we all go through the same thing! I often look at my IG page and think: Ugh, I need to get it more cohesive, etc. I'm never satisfied but you know what -- it's just a phase and that too shall pass. Keep doing what you are doing because you are doing a great job, Sonia!

    Have a great 4th, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  10. I am sorry to hear about your predicament and frustration, Sonia.

    It can be quite a challenge to get that perfect shot or the perfect vision that one strive to achieve, when the circumstances do not allow us to do so. Perhaps this is a phase? I do sincerely hope you would regain the strength and re-discover your passion for photography once again, soon, as I totally understand how great photography, once achieved, can be so joyful to one who truly appreciates good aesthetics and ever striving to fulfil that perfect vision that we may have, towards the world the way we see it.

    All the best and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Jeann | LUMINNEJ

  11. I think you might be being too hard on yourself. I find Instagram to be such a slippery slope when it comes to photography especially in terms of that balance between capturing that perfect image or actually sharing an organic moment and I just had to let it go. That said I hope you'll find your inspiration again. It can come at any time ;)

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  12. Sorry to hear this but I do hope that you will find that missing piece and will enjoy photography to the fullest. X

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  13. Beautiful writing and I think the photos are amazing as well!

  14. Photography is a great art, I'm absolutely agree. One photo of talanted photographer may tell the whole story...


  15. I can relate to the way you feel... I've also felt pressured to always improve my photos and my content. Interestingly, the posts and photos that I put most effort in seem to be the least appreciated. I have also realised that spontaneous snapshots that I spend less time and effort on are often the most popular. At the end we can overthink the process endlessly. In my honest opinion, when we should just follow our intuition, share from our heart and it surely resonates with those who are on the same wavelength as us.


  16. really nice post!

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  17. Stunning pictures and totally loved that quote! x

    Have a nice weekend,

  18. While I don't feel the same pressure with regards to photography and instagram I do understand the lack of motivation/inspiration and feeling that nothing is good enough. But with any skill, it takes practice. So even if you don't publish what you've done, I hope you find the motivation you need to get out there and try have some fun with it again. And don't beat yourself up when you're sharing things you feel are less than perfect, not everything in life is perfect anyway :)

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  19. Thanks my dear :D

    OMG, your images and your words inspire me so much!

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  20. I totally get what you're saying about Instagram. I used to love it (and still do), but now it's waaay more stressful because of all the perfect people with their perfect feeds haha. So much pressure :D

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  22. A cool post and a great quote! Those troubles with the light are familiar to me. The photos of this post are perfect to me! xoxo


  23. First of all, I think your photos are always beautiful, hun! I can relate to what you said about the pressure on photography - I think we're all visual creatures at heart, and a good photograph can draw people's attention better than a thousand beautiful words. Personally, I'm stuck relying on my phone for photos, so it's difficult to produce high quality stuff - I kind of rely on Photoshop to do half the work, if that makes sense. x x x


    1. Oh thank you Kay. I too have been stuck with my iPhone too xx

  24. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing and have an amazing new week.

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  25. oh sonia! you are being way too hard on yourself! your photos on instagram are gorgeous. i'm unfamiliar with your background and training. is there an advanced photography course you can take? not that i think you need one, but is there a class that can take you to another level? i say relax and have fun with it all! but i'm very laid back with everything on my blog & social media.

  26. wow amazing photography and nice article


  27. so impressive, love the photography!

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  29. my room is the worst when it comes to lighting and it discourages me so much -_-


  30. outstanding photography.

  31. During winter time in canada I was so frustrated in taking good photos too, I understand your frustration! I do find it exciting though, to snap and edit a picture to my liking and sit back and patting myself on the back.

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  32. I think people get sick of looking at their own instagrams because they are so used to it. Don't beat yourself up, other eyes see it completely different :)

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  33. I think you post great photos, dear! Have a lovely week! xoxo

  34. I love your instagram! You should definitely not let this get to you because each instagram is unique in its own way. It's each person's individual gallery or portfolio and each has it's own character! So don't let it get you down cause each eye is a photographer :)

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  35. Super amazing post! The inspirations pics is very perfect! :)

  36. I love photography and getting a beautiful image, even an everyday shot; taking them of my daughter. Loving your feed!
    xx Kirsty

  37. Great post. So lovely!

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  38. This is some really chic inspiration, thanks for sharing!

  39. Yes I think there is a lot of pressure to produce produce produce, so much so it takes out the creative process and I think IG has played a roll in this to a degrees it is supposed to inspire but you can end up with burn out instead.

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  40. Cool post !
    xx Marikilla


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