Cleansing My Creative Palate with Fungus
It began in October, the numbness. The sick feeling and lack of appreciation for my photography. For all photography. I couldn’t stand looking at my social media threads. If I saw one more photograph of a pretty girl, in a fluffy dress, standing in an abandoned house, I was going to vomit. Nothing I made was right, or alive. My work felt like a boring rerun.
I was in a rut. Unfinished projects were going to stay unfinished. Unreliable models had made me question the worth of my ideas. And then my mom came to visit.
We went for a walk in the forest. She showed me what you can find in deep, dark, self-loathing rut. Fungus! Beautiful, ugly, tiny, slimy, spongy, fungus. She stopped every few feet to photograph a new one and I thought okay let me try. Click.
The total excitement I experienced photographing fungus in the woods with my mom was so unexpected and so very needed. I found a palate cleanser. Dust off those fluffy dresses, sorry if I was harsh earlier. I feel better again.
Happy creating you crazy animals.
I used a black piece of construction paper for a nice clean background. I underexposed all the images slightly and shot them with an Olympus OM-D E-M5II 12-40 mm pro lens.
I included a flashlight, a few mini led lights and some colored tissue paper to gel the lights in my kit to light paint with in the darker part of the forest.