During a recent dry spell, my creative motivation seemed to wither like plants in the summer heat. I was bored, restless, and believed I had already photographed everything within a 5-mile radius of my house–countless times.
I turned to a Pinterest board focused on gardening, and as I browsed the site looking for projects my mother might enjoy, I came across a poster’s image of a concrete vessel she crafted to house a juicy succulent. I instantly fell in love with the rough-hewn texture and organic form the container exhibited and determined to make my own.
I took the opportunity to buy a bottle of juice (with extra pulp), and after enjoying the contents over several days, I had my mould. I picked up a 60-pound bag of cement from the local hardware store and was ready to craft my own container.
After about 20 minutes of preparation and then a few days of anxious anticipation for the cement to set, I had a home for the mini pine tree I purchased along with the cement.
My point? It is easy to become sensitized to our environments and assume that we have already captured everything of interest in our surrounding space. When you get this feeling, rather than exploring new territory, see if you can enhance your present surroundings. Doing so beautifies the area while also allowing you to gain new skills (I had never mixed concrete before) and obtaining lovely results that you can photograph.