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Giam Island. Zero human occupant. Photo © Zarina Holmes

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Losing one’s mojo is a very common thing in the creative world. No one is safe – photographers, designers, writers, painters, musicians – we all could be afflicted by this. It’s a lot like losing your appetite for your favourite food. The only way around is to leave it and do something else, until that mojo returns. It could take weeks, months or years. If you are a professional, this is not too much of  a heavy issue, because you have discipline and information to shape your direction. However eventually this frustration will catch up with you. As I said before, no one is safe.

Losing one’s mojo is a very common thing in the creative world. No one is safe –

I think in this case, the best thing to do is to simply stop. Drop everything. Be still. Not easy for me to do as I used to see photography as a continuous action – snap, snap, snap! I understood the functions of f-stops, but I hardly stopped at anything myself.

Haruki Murakami famously said: “I run in order to acquire a void”. Maybe I should try to reach this void too. He did many marathons later on, so it must be working for him.

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