Long Time No Blog.

Fay St., Culver City, 2008 by Emily Shur

Well, I wound up taking an unplanned break from blogging in efforts to make some new work.  I have been driving around beautiful Los Angeles taking pictures, kind of keeping to myself during some downtime from work.  Last week, when I set out to make new pictures, I looked for some inspiration.  I always find myself coming back to the same trifecta of awesomeness when it comes to my personal work – Eggleston, Shore, and Misrach.  

I am really drawn to photographing a certain way – a way that I will be the first to admit, has been done before.  Not only has it been done before, but it has been done well.  Really well.  So well, that the world probably doesn’t need me to make my own attempt on this style, genre, whatever.  I’ve tried to shoot other ways.  I’ve tried to shoot other things, but I never stick with it.  I don’t stick with it because I’m not in love with what I’m doing.  So, I guess the lesson is to just do what you love. 

I’m not sure if it matters that I am not reinventing the wheel.  I can say with confidence that I don’t like the images any less knowing this, but it does make me question whether or not my pictures will have an impact on anyone but myself.  I’ve decided to try to not let that affect my level of activity in terms of picture making.  I figure it’s better to do something than nothing.

Once I get my film back, I’ll post some more images.

2 comments to Long Time No Blog.

  • Terence Patrick

    Whenever planning a new project, the biggest setback is my own mental censor telling me that whatever it is I’m thinking of has been done a million times and will look like what everyone one else is doing. Sometimes I have to just say, “So what?”

    Do your personal projects tend to lean more towards landscapes because they’re not what you do day in, day out professionally?

  • Emily Shur

    Yes. Exactly. I like being able to shoot by myself, just dealing with my own personality – my own wants and needs, as opposed to catering to other people’s wants and needs and trying to fit my point of view in there somehow. I love portraits, but it is work for me at this point. The landscapes and pictures without people are purely pleasurable for me.