Seeing old images in a new way

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Where does our creativity come from? Is it hiding inside of us waiting for the right moment to make its appearance?

I dunno. I have believed for a long time that when we create we are drawing upon something that is much deeper than our conscious selves.

Is there such a thing as divine inspiration? Because for me there is a joy like no other when the juices are flowing and things seem to happen by themselves.

Wherever inspiration comes from these past weeks have opened the door to a whole new world of possibilities photographically.

As you probably know I have been hanging out on Instagram and as of a couple of days ago a new social media website called Vero. Seeing what I consider to be the best of the most diverse and creative group of landscape shooters that I have seen in a long time my eyes have been opened to the possibilities that I had never before considered.

Yeah, I went out last night and photographed the aurora. Lesson learned. When there is an almost full moon and a mediocre aurora display things probably won’t be stellar. No pun intended.

Where I am most inspired now is in the processing of many of my old images. I see them in a different way. A way that I had never really considered before.

It’s kind of like travelling to Europe for the first time and being exposed to all the different cultures and food. Horizons are expanded.

Now there are hundreds and thousands of images that to me look new. The photo at the top of this post is an example of that. I had taken it a few years ago in Jasper, processed it, considered it bleh or meh and forgot about it.

Going over some old external hard drives a couple of days ago I saw it in a new light. I only opened it and started playing around with nothing in particular in mind. One day I will record a video showing just how an idea grabs me, I play with it, am inspired to go another way, play again and change directions and finally ending up with something completely unplanned.

Revisit your old images. There are many undiscovered gems in there waiting for you to become inspired by and do your magic!

Happy shooting,



~ by Dan Jurak on February 27, 2018.

2 Responses to “Seeing old images in a new way”

  1. You can make me laugh Dan – I have to look to my future for shots of this caliber – but I am forever hopefull

  2. Don’t sell yourself short Ray. I absolutely loved the pic of yours on Instagram of the trees silhouetted on the ridge during winter. If you can create that you are capable of much more than you give yourself credit for. There is no secret to anything that I do. It is as simple as taking a lot of photos, recognizing what works for me and repeating the process a thousand times. What is the saying about it taking 10,000 yours to truly master something? There is a lot of truth in that.

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