What Inspires and Motivates You?


The source of our inspiration and motivation comes from vast number of sources.  Very often I am speaking to you of such resources.  For a change, I thought it would be an interesting study to turn the tables…to see what inspires and motivates our readers.  I’m not talking about the works of other photographers – though that certainly can and will be inspirational.  I’m not even inquiring that you might be inspired by some other art form (but if that truly is the case, please share).  Sometimes, the source of our inspiration and motivation is possibly a separate hobby or a topic of which we could be considered experts.  Our source of inspiration and motivation can evolve or change over time.  So tell us…what inspires and/or motivates you to pick up your camera?

Examples (From My Own Observations)

Elizabeth Kreutz: Photographer Elizabeth Kreutz is widely known for her photojournalism work, especially in the world of sports.  I don’t know Elizabeth personally, but it’s fair to say that she is clearly inspired by sports.  More recently, I believe her involvement with Lance Armstrong and LIVESTRONG is starting to show a change in her inspiration.  As I follow her body of work and her twitter stream, I have noticed over the past few years that she seems to be spending more time with the organization and those affected by cancer.  She has dedicated a great deal of her own time and resources to the organization.  That is a clear sign that LIVESTRONG and the battle against cancer is something she truly believes in. She has certainly done wonders for the image of the organization.  I wonder how much the organization has changed her.

Jim Goldstein: It doesn’t take much effort to determine what truly drives photographer and blogger, Jim Goldstein.  Fifteen minutes on his site and you’ll discover his absolute passion for the National Park Service and system.  A large portion of his gallery features the National Parks from Yosemite to White Sands, from Crater Lake to Glacier.  I suspect he’s spent a great deal of time and had many adventures wandering through this nations great parks.  Suffice to say he’s become a bit of an expert on the park system, and it shows.  Not just in his photography, mind you.  He’s been known to share some great information and news pertaining to the parks.  It is my belief that the park system has helped to shape Jim into the photographer that he is today.  PS – if you don’t already, you really should be following Jim’s Blog.

Your Turn:  What Drives and Motivates You?

So now share your story.  What drives and motivates you?  We – myself and the readers – want to hear all about it.


About Author

D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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