So it has been a while since I broke out the camera. I really needed a rest from it just to recharge my batteries a little bit. The battery in my head, not my camera batteries... but I'm sure you get that.
Recently I had the opportunity to cover an event hosted by the East Asia Institute at UTSA. In the event the Consul General of the Republic of Korea gave a lecture about Korean and U.S. relations. There was also recognition for U.S. military veterans who were in Korea during the war.
This was nice for a few reasons. First off, it was something interested in having lived in Korea. I liked having the opportunity to help out in any way possible. Seeing war veterans of the time was humbling for sure, and lastly because I simply was able to get behind the camera again.
Unfortunately I think I took too much of a break from my art form. You don't forget how to do what you do, at least not in a couple of months, but you do fall out of a certain groove and it's tough to get back into it sometimes. I really struggled with this event creatively.
I must confess, it wasn't only the break I took from photography that made this event difficult. My life has been really busy recently and I am working more than full time, plus going to school full time, trying to get a teacher's certification, became the membership leader/chair/supervisor (however you want to call it) of JASSA, and so much more. Because of all this I have had so little time to myself that I am having to prioritize either eating or sleeping every day. That is not an exaggeration as I have less than 6 hours every day to do either. So I went to this event on far less than 8 hours of sleep and I was feeling it.
So this event reminded me just how important it is to keep practicing your art form no matter what. It also taught me the importance of being in the right frame of mind when you are trying to create. Art is emotion personified and if your emotions are all over the place, it will show in your work, for better or worse.