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If you have landed here, welcome. This is my first post and I plan on posting here at least once a week.

(Update, 12th May 2017:  I missed my self imposed deadline last Wednesday and with the benefit of hindsight, my plan to blog at least once a week is over ambitious. So I’ve set a new and more realistic goal of once a month. I can feel the pressure lift as I write. 🙂 )

I have been into photography since late 2009 and my main motivation has been from my local camera club in Watford where I live, especially competitions and I’ve done alright. My work has been well received by fellow members and judges and I’ve won a few competitions. While I’m here, I should mention that Watford Camera Club is fun place to be, very friendly, lots of banter, and a lot of encouragement for members who wish to improve their photography.

In the last year or so, I have my found my motivation starting to wane and I’ve been looking for new ways to become re-enthused.  When I started photography, there was no holding me back, I was full of energy and enthusiasm, I was very happy with my work and much of what I touched seemed to turn to gold.  Five years on the trot I won Watford Camera Club‘s Advanced Print Trophy amongst others and I could hardly believe what I had achieved. Yes there was a lot of effort involved but I never had to force anything, I just got on with it and enjoyed every moment. I was a sponge, constantly Googling, You Tubing for tips and information, and pestering fellow photographers. Well that’s not so much true any more and I want to again feel that enthusiasm. The quality of my work has dipped, my desire has become sporadic, and sometimes I am simply not enjoying it. It just feels a bit dull sometimes. I don’t believe I am alone in this, so if you’ve felt like this, I’m hoping this journal will help.  I plan to talk about motivation in the future so keep watching.

So what to do?  That’s a question I’ve been asking myself for some time. How to  pump up the mojo?  I now believe I’ve got an answer and it’s really quite simple.  In short, I’d like to share my work with a larger audience to inspire and motivate others to be creative in their work. Now I have a plan and you are  looking at the start of it.  I plan to blog about my photography, share my experiences and see where it leads.

One of my problems with motivation is bored familiarity and distractions at home. Yesterday I bought myself a small and light Chromebook that is easy to carry around while on the move. I seem to get better ideas while I’m out and about, so I plan to go out about three times a week to work on this project.  Just a short walk into town to a pub or coffee shop, and with the excellent battery life of my cheap and cheerful Chromebook, I can just about stop anywhere.

There, I’ve said it, I have announced my plans to the world, there’s no going back. If you’ve read this far, I thank you and  hope you are here for next week’s instalment. I’m hoping it’s going to be about a planned street photography session in London this Friday.

Thanks for reading and would love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment below….

Richee